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Wednesday Game Thread: Indians vs. Padres (Game 1) - Zach Attach Strikes Back

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Zach McAllister tries to bounce back from a rough first start and the Tribe bats look to stay hot in game one of a double-header.

Thearon W. Henderson

Cleveland Indians vs. San Diego Padres

Wednesday, April 9, 2014 (12:04 p.m. ET)

TV: STO (CLE), FSSD (SD)

Radio: WTAM (CLE), XPRS (SD)

Series Preview
Starting pitchers: Zach McAllister (R) vs. Eric Stults (L)

McAllister looked flat in his first start of the season against Oakland, giving up three runs and four walks in just four inning pitched, but wound up with a no decision. Stults was even worse, giving up five runs and seven hits in four innings in a loss to Miami.

Starting lineups:
Indians Padres
Asdrubal Cabrera (SS) Everth Cabrera (SS)
Nick Swisher (1B) Seth Smith (LF)
Jason Kipnis (2B) Yonder Alonso (1B)
Carlos Santana (DH) Yasmani Grandal (DH)
Ryan Raburn (LF) Jedd Gyorko (2B)
Michael Brantley (CF) Will Venable (CF)
Yan Gomes (C) Xavier Nady (RF)
Mike Aviles (3B) Nick Hundley (C)
David Murphy (RF) Alexi Amarista (3B)

Both teams lead off with a Cabrera, as Asdrubal bats in the #1 spot for the third time this year. Otherwise, the lineup looks like the standard lineup versus lefties. Ryan Raburn plays left and Michael Brantley slides to center while Nyjer Morgan sits out. Carlos Santana gets a day "off" in the DH position, but the plan to sit Lonnie Chisenhall against lefties remains intact.

On the other side of the coin, the Padres continue to lead the league in weird first names.

Today's other AL Central games:

Twins (Phil Hughes) vs. Athletics (Jesse Chavez) - 1:10 p.m. ET

Royals (Jeremy Guthrie) vs. Rays (Jake Odorizzi) - 2:10 p.m. ET

White Sox (Erik Johnson) @ Rockies (Juan Nicasio) - 3:10 p.m. ET (mlb.tv free game)

Tigers (Anibal Sanchez) @ Dodgers (Josh Beckett) - 10:10 p.m. ET

Today's Indians minor league affiliate games:

AAA: Columbus Clippers vs. Louisville Bats - 11:35 a.m. ET

AA: Akron RubberDucks @ Altoona Curve - 6:30 p.m. ET

A+: Carolina Mudcats @ Frederick Keys - 7:00 p.m. ET

A-: Lake County @ Clinton LumberKings - 7:30 p.m. ET