Monday, April 21, 2014 (7:05 ET)
TV: STO (CLE), FSKC (KC)
Radio: WTAM (CLE), KCSP (KC)
|KANSAS CITY ROYALS||CLEVELAND INDIANS|
|Norichika Aoki - RF||Michael Bourn - CF|
|Omar Infante - 2B||Nick Swisher - 1B|
|Eric Hosmer - 1B||Jason Kipnis - 2B|
|Billy Butler - DH||Lonnie Chisenhall - 3B|
|Alex Gordon - LF||Michael Brantley - LF|
|Salvador Perez - C||Asdrubal Cabrera - SS|
|Mike Moustakas - 3B||Jason Giambi - DH|
|Alcides Escobar - SS||David Murphy - RF|
|Jarrod Dyson - CF||Yan Gomes - C|
|Jeremy Guthrie - RHP||Zach McAllister - RHP|
These two teams are both expected to compete for a playoff spot this year, and were picked by most to finish within 2 or 3 games of one another. With the Indians off to a slower start and hosting these games, the pressure is one them to get the best of this series. McAllister has been the Tribe's best starter so far this season, so let's hope he keeps it up.
Carlos Santana is getting the night off. Given the slump he's in, it's hard to argue with that decision by Francona. It's interesting to see Chisenhall moved all the way up to the cleanup spot. Three years ago many Indians fans wouldn't have been surprised to hear that Lonnie was batting fourth, but I bet three weeks ago, few fans would have believed it.
In case you missed it (right there in the starting lineup), Jason Giambi has been activated.
Don't be surprised to see him called upon as a pinch hitter if it's a close game in the late innings.
Edited, due to me being an idiot.
Today's other AL Central games:
Today's Indians minor-league affiliate games:
AAA: Columbus Clippers vs. Toledo Mud Hens, 6:35 ET
AA: Akron RubberDucks (Cody Anderson @ Trenton, 7:05 ET
A+: Carolina Mudcats doubleheader vs. Frederick, 5:00 ET, 8:00 ET
A-: Lake County Captains (Dace Kime) @ Lansing, 7:05 ET