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Indians vs. Giants (Sunday): Danny Salazar looks to prevent the sweep

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Salazar's last three starts have been a mess (at times a tremendous-looking mess, but a mess all the same). Today seems like a nice day to turn things around.

Jason O. Watson



Cleveland Indians
@ San Francisco Giants


Sunday, April 27, 2014 (4:05 ET)


TV: STO (CLE), CSBA (SF)


Radio: WTAM (CLE), KNBR (SF)

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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

Danny Salazar - RHP

Ryan Vogelsong - RHP



Danny Salazar needs to put together a good game. A couple electric innings followed by the bottom dropping out is something we've seen too often already this season (from Salazar and many of his rotation mates). I want 6 innings and no more than 3 runs.


If Salazar struggles, I'll say again that Trevor Bauer deserves a chance to stick in the rotation. He pitched well again today for Columbus, allowing 2 runs in 7 innings, with 7 strikeouts against only 5 hits and 1 walk.


It would also be nice if the offense could push a few more runs across the plate than they have so far this weekend. Vogelsong should give them that opportunity, but I wouldn't count any eggs before they hatch. I'm surprised Santana didn't get the day off. In addition to the miserable slump he's in, he's likely to catch more often his week, with Yan Gomes headed for paternity leave any day now.

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Today's other AL Central games:


Tigers @ Twins POSTPONED


Royals (James Shields) @ Orioles (Miguel Gonzalez), 1:35 ET


White Sox (Scott Carroll) vs. Rays (David Price), 2:10 ET


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Today's games down on the farm:


AAA: Columbus Clippers (Trevor Bauer) vs. Gwinnett, 1:05 ET


AA: Akron RubberDucks (Joseph Colon) vs. Altoona, 2:05 ET


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


A: Lake County Captains (Caleb Hamrick) @ South Bend, 2:05 ET