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Indians vs. Rockies game thread (Friday): Corey Kluber vs. Juan Nicasio

Let's Go Tribe!

Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

Colorado Rockies @ Cleveland Indians

Friday, May 30, 2014, 7:05 PM ET, Progressive Field

TV: STO (Cle), ROOT (Col)

Radio: WTAM (Cle), KOA (Col)

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Today's Lineups

Charlie Blackmon - CF Michael Bourn - CF
Corey Dickerson - DH Asdrubal Cabrera - SS
Troy Tulowitzki - SS Michael Brantley - LF
Carlos Gonzalez - LF Jason Kipnis - 2B
Michael Cuddyer - RF Lonnie Chisenhall - 3B
Justin Morneau - 1B Jason Giambi - DH
Wilin Rosario - C Yan Gomes - C
Charlie Culberson - 3B David Murphy - RF
DJ LeMahieu - 2B Jesus Aguilar - 1B
Juan Nicasio - RHP Corey Kluber - RHP


Troy Tulowitzki has been a Big Scary Monster™ so far this season, with a .369/.471/.702 line that gives him the MLB lead by a comfortable margin in all three categories. Not surpringly, he's been especially good at home in Denver's think air (with a bonkers 1.559 OPS there), but he's been good on the road as well, with an .878 OPS. All that from a strong-fielding shortstop. No one in baseball has been better than him so far. I'll be nervous any time he's at the plate this weekend, but at least the Indians have their best pitcher on the mound tonight.

Kluber deserves to start getting real attention outside Cleveland. He's been one of the five or six best pitchers in baseball so far this season. Colorado counters with Nicasio, who's got a low strikeout rate and has been prone to the home run ball so far in 2014. Hopefully the Tribe bats can keep those trends going and end their four-game losing streak.


Today's other AL Central games

Twins (Ricky Nolasco) @ Yankees (Vidal Nuno), 7:05 PM ET

Royals (Jason Vargas) @ Blue Jays (J.A. Happ), 7:07 PM ET

Padres (Ian Kennedy) @ White Sox (John Danks), 8:10 PM ET

Tigers (Justin Verlander) at Mariners (Hisashi Iwakuma), 10:10 PM ET


Today's Indians minor league affiliate games

Triple-A: Columbus Clippers (Danny Salazar) vs. Louisville

Double-A: Akron RubberDucks (Shawn Marimando) vs. Harrisburg

High-A: Carolina Mudcats (Anthony Gallas) @ Myrtle Beach

Single-A: Lake County Captains (Mitch Brown) vs. South Bend