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Indians vs. Royals Game Thread (Wednesday): Justin Masterson vs. Jason Vargas

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The Tribe looks to their ostensible ace to help them bounce back in game three of the four-game series

Jason Miller

Cleveland Indians vs. Kansas City Royals

Wednesday, April 23, 2014, 7:05 p.m. 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 - DH
Alex Gordon - LF Ryan Raburn - RF
Salvador Perez - C Michael Brantley - LF
Mike Moustakas - 3B Asdrubal Cabrera - SS
Alcides Escobar - SS Yan Gomes - C
Jarrod Dyson - CF Mike Aviles - 3B
Jason Vargas - LHP Justin Masterson - RHP

Masty is coming off of a solid outing against Toronto, having struck out nine Jays in 6 1/3 innings. That came on the heels of back-to-back poor outings, so I'm looking for a good showing by the big righty tonight to show he can string together a few good starts in a row. The way the rest of the rotation is looking, we really need Masterson to step up and anchor this thing from the #1 position.

He can't do it alone, though - he'll need the Indians defense and hitters to step it up. Today's lineup is nothing out of the ordinary against Royals lefty Jason Vargas. Lonnie Chisenhall sits as per usual, and Carlos Santana gets the night off in the field at DH while Mike Aviles takes over at 3B.

Let's go, Tribe!

Today's other AL Central games

Chicago White Sox (Andre Rienzo) @ Detroit Tigers (Drew Smyly), 7:08 p.m. ET

Minnesota Twins (Mike Pelfrey) @ Tampa Bay Rays (Jake Odorizzi), 7:10 p.m. ET


Today's Indians minor league affiliate games

AAA: Columbus Clippers (T.J. House) vs. Gwinnett Braves, 6:35 p.m, ET

AA: Akron RubberDucks (Will Roberts) @ Trenton Thunder, 7:05 p.m. ET

High A: Carolina Mudcats (Cole Sulser) @ Wilmington Blue Rockets, 6:35 p.m. ET

Low A: Lake County Captains (Adam Plutko) @ Lansing Lugnuts, 7:05 p.m. ET