Hendriks pitched six innings in the Twins 6-4 win at Cleveland. He allowed two earned runs on two hits, including a solo homerun in the first; he walked two and struck out two. The win gives the Twins' a 62-87 (.416) record on the season and moved them to 4th place in the American League Central Division.
Last year Hendriks became the 31st Australian to play Major League Baseball. He made the journey quickly having last attended the Major League Baseball Australian Academy Program in 2006. In the Australian Baseball League he plays for his hometown team, the dual defending champion Perth Heat. He played for Team Australia in the 2009 World Baseball Classic and, if permitted, will again don the Green and Gold as the 2013 edition gets underway in March.
Hendriks began his professional career with the Twins' Rookie League club in 2007 and has progressed steadily through their ranks putting up an overall minor league record of 38-20 with a 2.65 ERA over 84 games in five seasons (he missed 2008 due to injury). He was selected for the All-Star Futures World Team in 2010 but missed out due to an emergency appendectomy; he was again selected in 2011 and took the mound for two innings.
He is the one of four Australians playing the MLB level presently; the others are Grant Balfour (Sydney) and Travis Blackley (Melbourne) both with the Oakland Athletics and Peter Moylan (Melbourne) playing with the Atlanta Braves. Both the Athletics and Braves look to progress to the post-season in early October. There are nearly 80 Australians playing under contract to Major League Baseball clubs, the Asian and European professional leagues, or in the independent leagues of North America with dozens more playing college ball.