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Indians vs. Giants Game Thread (Saturday): Zach McAllister faces Tim Lincecum

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Zach McAllister looks to continue his strong start to the season, while the offense looks to get back on track

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 - 3B Buster Posey - C
Michael Brantley - LF Michael Morse - LF
Asdrubal Cabrera - SS Pablo Sandoval - 3B
Yan Gomes - C Brandon Crawford - SS
David Murphy - RF Brandon Hicks - 2B
Zach McAllister - RHP Tim Lincecum - RHP

I thought that with Santana slumping and today being a day game after a night game, he'd get the afternoon off, but instead it's Chisenhall who's out in place of the starting pitcher. Speaking of which, McAllister is 0 for 4 in his career at the plate. It would be awesome for the Indians if McAllister went 0 for 4 today (seriously, it would... think about it).

The Indians have never faced Lincecum before (not counting spring training). Bourn leads all Tribe hitters with 25 PA against the two-time NL Cy Young winner, but he's been held to a .217/.280/.261 line. Lincecum is off to a slow start, having already allowed 6 home runs in 21 innings. Maybe he can help the Tribe bats get back on track.

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Today's other AL Central games:

Tigers (Anibal Sanchez) @ Twins (Phil Hughes), 2:10 ET

Royals (James Shields) @ Orioles (), 7:05 ET

White Sox (John Danks) vs. Rays (Cesar Ramos), 7:10 ET

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Today's Indians minor-league affiliate games:

AAA: Columbus Clippers (Travis Banwart) vs. Gwinnett, 7:05 ET

AA: Akron RubberDucks (Cody Anderson) vs. Altoona, 2:05 ET

A+: Carolina Mudcats (Michael Peoples) vs. Frederick 2:05 ET

A: Lake County Captains (Dace Kime) @ South Bend, 2:05 ET