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Game Thread: April 23, 2007

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Cleveland at Minnesota, 8:10 PM (STO)

Starting Pitchers:

Jeremy Sowers (5.17 ERA, 4 PRC)
Carlos Silva (2.00 ERA, 12 PRC)

Andy Marte is off to the Disabled List; replacing him on the 25-man roster is Shin-Soo Choo. Yeah, I don't get it, either. There are two right-handed alternatives (Gutierrez and Francisco) in Buffalo, and this means that one left-handed outfielder is facing Johan Santana tomorrow, unless the Indians make another move between now and then. Maybe the Indians promised Choo that he'd be the first one up in case of injury, but the move doesn't make strategic sense.

Carlos Silva has had early success despite flyball tendencies. He's left 89% of runners on the bases thus far; normally, I'd say this is bound to come down sooner or later, but he's facing a lineup that's specialized in stranding runners.