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Indians vs Royals Game Thread (Tuesday): Danny Salazar vs James Shields

The Indians try to take a second straight game from the Kansas City Royals tonight, though doing so will be a tall task given the pitching matchup.

Danny Salazar
Danny Salazar

Cleveland Indians vs. Kansas City Royals

Tuesday, April 22, 2014 (7:05 ET)


Radio: WTAM (CLE), KCSP (KC)

Series Preview

Today's Lineups

Norichika Aoki - RF Michael Bourn - CF
Omar Infante - 2B Nick Swisher - 1B
Eric Hosmer - 1B Jason Kipnis - 2B
Billy Butler - DH Carlos Santana - 3B
Alex Gordon - LF Michael Brantley - LF
Salvador Perez - C Asdrubal Cabrera - SS
Mike Moustakas - 3B David Murphy - RF
Alcides Escobar - SS Yan Gomes - C
Jarrod Dyson - CF Lonnie Chisenhall - DH
James Shields - RHP Danny Salazar - RHP

We've been discussing Danny Salazar quite a bit lately, and tonight we'll get more fodder for arguments. Salazar's velocity is down several mph from the end of last year, and so he isn't getting as many whiffs as he did. The league also has more video on him, so that has to be working against him as well. The rest of baseball has made their adjustments, and now it's time for Salazar to make his.

The Royals on paper seem to be an ideal team for Salazar to face. They don't hit many home runs, which should help Salazar, who has give up four dingers in three starts.

Pitching for the Royals is James Shields, who, given the scheduling luck the Indians usually have, is making his first of six starts against the Indians. Shields is a free agent at year's end, and if he has a typical season, will be getting a massive contract from somebody this winter.

Tonight Lonnie Chisenhall has been moved back to the bottom of the order, probably because Terry Francona doesn't like to shift everybody in the lineup if he can help it.

Today's other AL Central games:

White Sox (Leesman) at Tigers (Verlander), 7:08 PM

Twins (Gibson) at Rays (Price), 7:10 PM

Today's Indians minor-league affiliate games:

AAA: Gwinnet at Columbus, 6:35 PM (Trevor Bauer)

AA: Akron at Trenton, 7:05 PM (Joseph Colon)

A-: Lake County at Lansing, 7:05 PM (Caleb Hamrick)