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Indians vs Blue Jays Game Thread (Tuesday): Justin Masterson takes on R.A. Dickey and the Toronto Blue Jays

Awaiting the Indians for their first game in Canada is artificial turf and a knuckleballer.

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Cleveland Indians @ Toronto Blue Jays

Tuesday, May 13, 2014, 7:07 p.m. ET, Rogers Centre

TV: STO (CLE), Rogers Sports Network (TOR)

Radio: WTAM (CLE), SN590 (TOR)

Series Preview

Today's Lineups

Michael Bourn - CF Jose Reyes - SS
Nick Swisher - 1B Melky Cabrera - LF
M. Brantley - LF Jose Bautista - RF
Carlos Santana - 3B Adam Lind - DH
A. Cabrera - SS E. Encarnacion - 1B
David Murphy - RF Juan Francisco - 3B
Yan Gomes - C Brett Lawrie - 2B
L. Chisenhall - DH Josh Thole - C
Mike Aviles - 2B Kevin Pillar - CF
Justin Masterson - RHP R.A. Dickey - RHP

The Indians thankfully miss Mark Buerhle, their long-time nemesis, but they'll have to deal with R.A. Dickey, who will likely be the only knuckleball pitcher they'll face all season. Dickey has for the most part been rather mediocre this season, but on any given start, a knuckleball pitcher can suddenly become unittable. No doubt we'll be assailed throughout tonight's game with theories on how to approach the flutterball, and the uniqueness of Dickey in today's game. Hopefully the Indians, however they decide to do it, will score more runs than the Jays, and make tonight a rather common win.

A fairly typical lineup tonight, with everyone playing their typical positions. I wondered a bit whether Terry Francona would find a way to fit Nyjer Morgan into the lineup, but Morgan is on the bench tonight.

Today's other AL Central games

Detroit Tigers (Drew Smyly) at Baltimore Orioles (UBALDO) 7:05 PM

Boston Red Sox (Jake Peavy) at Minnesota Twins (Ricky Nolasco), 8:10 PM

Colorado Rockies (Franklin Morales) at Kansas City Royals (James Shields), 8:10 PM

Chicago White Sox (Scott Carroll) at Oakland Athletics (Drew Pomeranz), 10:05 PM

Yes, Ubaldo Jimenez and one of the players the Indians traded for him are going tonight....

Today's Indians minor league affiliate games

AAA: Columbus at Rochester (Trevor Bauer)

AA: Akron 10, Harrisburg 3

AA: Harrisburg at Akron, 6:35 PM (Duke von Schaumann)

A+: Carolina 13, Lynchburg 5

A-: Lake County at Fort Wayne, 7:05 PM (Jordan Milbrath)