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Indians vs. Royals Game Thread (Thursday): Corey Kluber aims for series win

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The Tribe turn to Corey Kluber as they look to end this four-game set with a series-clinching victory against the Royals.

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Cleveland Indians vs. Kansas City Royals

Thursday, April 24, 2014, 12:05 p.m. ET


Radio: WTAM (CLE), KCSP (KC)

Series preview

Today's Lineups

Norichika Aoki - RF Asdrubal Cabrera - SS
Eric Hosmer - 1B Nick Swisher - 1B
Billy Butler - DH Jason Kipnis - 2B
Alex Gordon - LF Carlos Santana - 3B
Omar Infante - 2B Michael Brantley - CF
Mike Moustakas - 3B Ryan Raburn - DH
Alcides Escobar - SS Yan Gomes - C
Jarrod Dyson - CF David Murphy - RF
Brett Hayes - C Mike Aviles - LF
Bruce Chen - LHP Corey Kluber - RHP

Corey Kluber takes the mound for the Indians today, coming off the back of a tough loss against the Blue Jays on April 19. He'll be looking to rebound against the Royals and I hope he can bring his best stuff and rack up some strikeouts. He might have to, as the Indians defense are currently the worst in the American League with a .973 fielding percentage and 21 errors (tied with the A's). So Corey, don't leave it to your defense to get those outs, just strike out every KC hitter and everything will be fine. His opponent is Bruce Chen and the left-hander has quite a good history against Cleveland (7-1 record, 3.43 ERA in 15 games).

Carlos Santana gets the start at third base and he's still slumping. He's had just 2 hits since April 9 and is stuck with a .130 batting average. Mike Aviles is making a rare appearance in the outfield today, slotting in at left field whilst Michael Brantley will play center, giving Michael Bourn the day off.

Today's other AL Central games

Chicago White Sox (Jose Quintana) @ Detroit Tigers (Max Scherzer), 1:08 p.m. ET

Minnesota Twins (Ricky Nolasco) @ Tampa Bay Rays (Erik Bedard), 1:10 p.m. ET


Today's Indians minor league affiliate games

AAA: Columbus Clippers (Tyler Cloyd) vs. Gwinnett Braves, 6:35 p.m, ET

AA: Akron RubberDucks (Kyle Davies) @ Trenton Thunder, 10:35 a.m. ET

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

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