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Indians vs. Giants Game Thread (Friday): Carlos Carrasco

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Carlos Carrasco... a two-head case - PHOTO
Carlos Carrasco... a two-head case - PHOTO
Thearon W. Henderson

Cleveland Indians @ San Francisco Giants

Friday, April 25, 2014 (10:15 ET)

TV: STO (CLE), CSBA (SF)

Radio: WTAM (CLE), KNBR (SF)

Series Preview

Today's Lineups

CLEVELAND INDIANS SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS
Michael Bourn - CF Angel Pagan - CF
Nick Swisher - 1B Hunter Pence - RF
Jason Kipnis - 2B Brandon Belt - 1B
Carlos Santana - C Buster Posey - C
Michael Brantley - LF Mike Morse - LF
Asdrubal Cabrera - SS Pablo Sandoval - 3B
Lonnie Chisenhall - 3B Brandon Crawford - SS
David Murphy - RF Brandon Hicks - 2B
Carlos Carrasco - RHP Tim Hudson - RHP

This will be only the third series the Indians have ever played in San Francisco. In 2005 the Tribe swept a 3-game set from the Giants, highlighted by a 10-2 win that included 8 innings from CC Sabathia and 3 hits apiece for Grady Sizemore and Jode Gerut. Things didn't work out so well in 2011, when the Indians were the ones being swept away. Cleveland's starting pitcher for the Friday night series opener in that series? Carlos Carrasco. He pitched 8 innings that night (one of only two times in his career he's done that), but a pair of 6th-inning errors by Carlos Santana at first base led to three unearned runs and the Tribe lost 4-3. I certainly don't want two more errors by the infield tonight, but 8 innings from Carrasco sure would be something.

With NL rules in effect, Carrasco will also be batting. He's 0 for 5 in his career, with 3 strikeouts and 2 sacrifice bunts.

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Today's other AL Central games:

Royals (Yordano Ventura) @ Orioles (Ubaldo Jimenez), 7:05 ET

Tigers (Rick Porcello) @ Twins (Kevin Correia), 8:10 ET

White Sox (Erik Johnson) vs. Rays (Chris Archer), 8:10 ET

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Today's Indians minor-league affiliate games:

AAA: Columbus Clippers (Josh Tomlin) vs. Gwinnett, 7:05 ET

AA: Akron RubberDucks vs. Altoona, 6:35 ET

A+: Carolina Mudcats POSTPONED, RAIN

A: Lake County Captains @ South Bend, 7:35 ET