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Indians vs. Red Sox (Game Thread): Corey Kluber looks to gain Tribe a split series

Let's Go Tribe!

Lance Iversen-USA TODAY Sports

Cleveland Indians @ Boston Red Sox

Sunday, June 15, 2014, 1:35 PM ET, Fenway Park



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Today's Lineups

Michael Bourn - CF Brock Holt - 3B
Asdrubal Cabrera - SS Dustin Pedroia - 2B
Michael Brantley - LF David Ortiz - DH
Jason Kipnis - 2B Mike Napoli - 1B
Lonnie Chisenhall - 3B Daniel Nava - LF
Nick Swisher - DH A.J. Pierzynski - C
David Murphy - RF Grady Sizemore - RF
Carlos Santana - 1B Stephen Drew - SS
Yan Gomes - C Jackie Bradley - CF
Corey Kluber - RHP Brandon Workman - RHP


Lineup construction doesn't matter all that much, but I don't seeing Swisher in the #6 spot and Santana in the #8 spot. Santana is the better hitter, whether you're looking at just this year, the last couple years, or the last five. Alas.

After being maybe the best pitcher in baseball in May, Kluber has struggled a bit in his first two June starts. Hopefully he's ready to get back on track this afternoon. If he and his teammates can pull out a win today, it would give them an even 5-5 record on this tough, 10-games-in-10-days road trip, and no worse than 3.5 games out of 1st place.


Today's other AL Central games

Twins (Ricky Nolasco) vs. Tigers (Rick Porcello), 1:08 PM ET

Royals (James Shields) vs. White Sox (Andre Rienzo), 2:10 PM ET


Today's Indians minor league affiliate games

Triple-A: Columbus Clippers (Danny Salazar) vs. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, 6:05 PM ET

Double-A: Akron RubberDucks (Cody Anderson) vs. Portland, 2:05 PM ET

High-A: Carolina Mudcats (Shawn Morimando) @ Wilmington, 1:35 PM ET

Single-A: Lake County Captains (Mitch Brown) @ Dayton, 2:00 PM ET

Short-Season: Mahoning Valley Scrappers (Kieran Lovegrove) @ Jamestown, 4:05 PM ET