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Indians vs. White Sox Game Thread (Saturday): Masterson takes the mound

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Justin Masterson hopefully will bring some pitching sanity into this series

"Help us're our only hope!"
"Help us're our only hope!"
Rob Tringali

Cleveland Indians @ Chicago White Sox

Saturday, April 11, 2014 (2:10 ET)



Series Preview

Weather is no longer an excuse for the pitchers, as yesterday was a beautiful spring evening, and today should be even better.

Starting pitchers: Justin Masterson (R) vs. Felipe Paulino (R)

Hey, a right-handed pitcher! Maybe that will help things. To be honest, though, the offense, while it isn't running on all cylinders, hasn't been the problem this year. It's been the pitching, so the key today will be Justin Masterson. The bullpen has been used heavily the last couple days, and that has a lingering effect in the near-term and medium-term.

Indians White Sox
Nyjer Morgan (CF) Adam Eaton (CF)
Nick Swisher (1B) Leury Garcia (2B)
Jason Kipnis (2B) Conor Gillaspie (3B)
Carlos Santana (C) Jose Abreu (1B)
Michael Brantley (LF) Adam Dunn (DH)
SS Asdrubal Cabrera (SS) Alexei Ramirez (SS)
Ryan Raburn (DH) Alejandro De Aza (LF)
David Murphy (RF)
Adrian Nieto (C)
Mike Aviles (3B) Jordan Danks (RF)

Lonnie Chisenhall should be back in the lineup tomorrow, but until then Mike Aviles will be making a start at third with Santana spelling Yan Gomes behind the plate.

Today's other AL Central games:

Kansas City (Shields) at Minnesota (Nolasco), 2:10 PM

Detroit (Verlander) at San Diego (Kennedy), 8:40 PM

Today's Indians minor-league affiliate games:

AAA: Columbus at Louisville, 2:05 PM (Travis Banwart)

AA: Bowie at Akron, 2:05 PM (Kyle Davies)

A+: Carolina at Potomac, 6:35 PM (Cole Sulser)

A-: Lake County at Kane County, 2:00 PM (Adam Plutko)