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Indians vs. Tigers Game Thread (Wednesday): Zach McAllister and Anibal Sanchez duel

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It's warmed up to 40 degrees in Detroit, so the Tribe and Tigers will get their season series starting this evening.

Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Cleveland Indians @ Detroit Tigers

Wednesday, April 16, 2014 (7:08 ET)

TV: STO (Cle), FSD (Det)

Radio: WTAM (Cle), WXYT (Det)

Series Preview
Q&A with Bless You Boys

Today's Lineups

CLEVELAND INDIANS DETROIT TIGERS
Michael Bourn - CF Ian Kinsler - 2B
Nick Swisher - 1B Torii Hunter - RF
Jason Kipnis - 2B Miguel Cabrera - 1B
Carlos Santana - DH Victor Martinez - DH
Michael Brantley - LF Austin Jackson - CF
Asdrubal Cabrera - SS Nick Castellanos - 3B
David Murphy - RF Alex Avila - C
Yan Gomes - C Alex Gonzalez - SS
Lonnie Chisenhall - 3B Rajai Davis - LF
Zach McAllister - RHP Anibal Sanchez - RHP

This will be Bourn's 2014 debut. Nothing like getting thrown right into the fire against one of baseball's best pitchers!

McAllister's last start was the best by any Indians pitcher so far this season (7.2 shutout innings). I'd settle for him giving up 2 runs over 6 innings tonight.

Chisenhall hasn't played for eight days, due to the birth of his second son, a left-handed starter, and Tuesday's frigid temperatures (the southpaw and cold weather are other causes for his absence, not other things his wife gave birth too). It's semi-notable that he's playing third base. Santana said this afternoon that changing positions day-to-day has affected his offense. He said he thinks he'll adjust to it. (I'm not sure if those comments were made before or after tonight's lineup was posted with him at DH).

Today's other AL Central games:

White Sox (John Danks) vs. Red Sox (Clay Buchholz), 8:10 ET

Royals (Jeremy Guthrie) @ Astros (Dallas Keuchel), 8:10 ET

Twins vs. Blue Jays: POSTPONED

Today's Indians minor-league affiliate games:

AAA: Columbus Clippers (Trevor Bauer) @ Toledo, 6:30 ET

AA: Akron RubberDucks - doubleheader vs. Trenton

A+: Carolina Mudcats - doubleheader vs. Salem

A-: Lake County - doubleheader vs. Peoria