Friday, May 9, 2014, 7:10 p.m. ET, Tropicana Field
TV: STO (CLE), SUN (TB)
Radio: WTAM (CLE), WDAE (TB)
|CLEVELAND INDIANS||TAMPA BAY RAYS|
|Michael Bourn - CF||David DeJesus - DH|
|Nick Swisher - 1B||Ben Zobrist - 2B|
|Michael Brantley - LF||James Loney - 1B|
|Carlos Santana - 3B||Evan Longoria - 3B|
|David Murphy - RF||Wil Myers - RF|
|Asdrubal Cabrera - SS||Matt Joyce - LF|
|Yan Gomes - C||Brandon Guyer - CF|
|Lonnie Chisenhall - DH||Yunel Escobar - SS|
|Mike Aviles - 2B||Ryan Hanigan - C|
|Corey Kluber - RHP||Jake Odorizzi - RHP|
The Indians face the Rays for the first time since 2013's Wild Card Game, and we can only hope things turn out a bit better than they did that time. Corey Kluber takes the mound against Tampa's Jake Odorizzi. Kluber is coming off a tremendous performance against the White Sox wherein he struck out 13 and gave up just one run over 8 innings but then had to watch from the bench as John Axford blew the game in the 9th. He is arguably the Tribe's ace this year, and he'll have a good opportunity to continue his dominance as he faces a middling Rays lineup.
Odorizzi, on the other had, hasn't lasted longer than six innings in any start this season, which probably means we can expect him to go nine innings and strike out about ten guys. Tribe cleanup hitter Carlos Santana will do his best to make Odorizzi look like a star, but closet superhero Mike Aviles is the secret weapon tucked away in the nine hole. Asdrubal Cabrera looks to continue his hot streak and try to turn his season around.
Let's go, Tribe!
Today's other AL Central games
Arizona Diamondbacks (Andrew McCarthy) vs. Chicago White Sox (Andre Rienzo), 8:10 p.m. ET
Today's Indians minor league affiliate games
AAA: Columbus Clippers (T.J. House) vs. Syracuse Chiefs, 7:15 p.m. ET
AA: Akron RubberDucks (Gabriel Arias) vs. Altoona Curve, 6:35 p.m. p.m. ET
High A: Carolina Mudcats (D.J. Brown) @ Salem Red Sox, 7:05 p.m. ET
Low A: Lake County Captains (Mitch Brown) vs. Bowling Green Hot Rods, 6:30 p.m. ET