Saturday, April 5 (1:05 PM ET)
TV: Fox Sports 1*
Radio: WTAM (CLE), TIBN (MIN)
Starting Pitchers: Carlos Carrasco vs. Kyle Gibson
*If you don't know which channel is Fox Sports 1 (a good possibility, because it's been on the air 8 months, the FS1 home page has a tool to find that out.
Carlos Carrasco's 2013 debut was a disaster. He gave up 7 earned runs, and was ejected and later suspended for (allegedly) throwing at a batter. That set the stage for a very bad major-league season, although he pitched very well during his time in Columbus. He made the rotation out of spring training, but if he struggles this time, the Indians cannot option him to the minors.
The Twins are countering with their best young pitcher. The Twins spent a lot of money in free agency because (a) their rotation was awful in 2013 and (b) aside from Gibson, there was nobody in the minors that would be able to step into the rotation. Gibson faced the Indians last year, and pitched fairly well (5.1 IP, 3 ER) although that was the exception in his first major-league season (6.53 ERA).
|Nyjer Morgan (CF)||Brian Dozier (2B)|
|Nick Swisher (1B)||Joe Mauer (1B)|
|Jason Kipnis (2B)||Josh Willingham (LF)|
|Carlos Santana (DH)||Chris Colabello (DH)|
|Michael Brantley (LF)||Trevor Plouffe (3B)|
|Asdrubal Cabrera (SS)||Jason Kubel|
|David Murphy (RF)|| Josmil Pinto (C) |
|Yan Gomes (C)||Aaron Hicks (CF)|
|Lonnie Chisenhall (3B)||Pedro Florimon (SS)|
This is the same lineup from yesterday, with one slight change: Carlos Santana is DHing, while Lonnie Chisenhall is playing third base. Santana will very likely be behind the plate tomorrow, so that's probably why he's getting a semi-day off. And it's good to see Lonnie getting a second straight start after his good showing yesterday. He might be the one who's going to be optioned out when Michael Bourn returns, but at least he can make the decision difficult for the Indians.
A couple changes in the Minnesota lineup: LGFT (barely) Jason Kubel is in right field, replacing Oswaldo Arcia, whose legs looked frozen yesterday while chasing Lonnie Chisenhall's double. And Josmil Pinto is replacing Kurt Suzuki behind the plate.
Today's other AL Central games:
Baltimore (Bud Norris) at Detroit (Rick Porcello), 1:08 PM
Chicago (John Danks) at Kansas City (Bruce Chen), 2:10 PM
Today's Indians minor-league affiliate games:
AAA: Indianapolis at Columbus, 3:05 PM (Game 1) - Josh Tomlin
AAA: Indianapolis at Columbus, -6:05 PM (Game 2) - Brett Brach
AA: Akron at Binghampton, 12:05 PM (Game 1) - Joseph Colon
AA: Akron at Binghampton, ~3:05 PM (Game 2) - Will Roberts
A+: Potomac at Carolina, 6:00 PM - Ryan Merritt
A-: Lansing at Lake County, 1:00 PM (Game 1) - Jordan Milbrath
A-: Lansing at Lake County, ~4:00 PM (Game 2) - Caleb Hamrick