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Friday Game Thread: Corey Kluber takes on Rick Porcello and the Tigers

The Motor City Kitties prepare to be assimilated

Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Cleveland Indians vs. Detroit Tigers

Friday, June 20, 2014, 7:05 p.m., Progressive Field

TV: WKYC (CLE), FSD (DET)

Radio: WTAM (CLE), WXYT (DET)

Series Preview

Today's Lineups

DETROIT TIGERS CLEVELAND INDIANS
Ian Kinsler - 2B Michael Bourn - CF
Austin Jackson - CF Asdrubal Cabrera - SS
Miguel Cabrera - 1B Jason Kipnis - 2B
Victor Martinez - DH Carlos Santana - 1B
J.D. Martinez - LF Lonnie Chisenhall - 3B
Nick Castellanos - 3B Nick Swisher - DH
Don Kelly - RF David Murphy - RF
Bryan Holaday - C Yan Gomes - C
Eugenio Suarez - SS Mike Aviles - LF
Rick Porcello - RHP Corey Kluber - RHP

Since completing a sweep of the Tigers back on May 21, the Indians have gone 18-11 while Detroit has gone 10-21. The Tigers have fallen out of first place after losing their previous series to the Royals, but did manage to win yesterday. With a series win or sweep here, the Tribe could do some lasting damage to Detroit's standings in the AL Central, and there's arguably no better person synthetic humanoid to start it off right than Corey Kluber.

After an insanely dominant May, Klubot has cooled off considerable in June. He's notched just 13 strikeouts over his three June starts, which is even less impressive when paired with eight walks. Still, he hasn't bad, but I think we'd all like to see him light up this reeling Tigers team in traditional Klubot fashion.

Lineup-wise the Tigers are down Torii Hunter, who always seems to kill the Tribe, so I'm not sad to see him out. He is expected to return to the lineup tomorrow along with his Indians counterpart Michael Brantley, who has been out since Monday with mild concussion symptoms.

Let's Go Tribe!

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Today's other AL Central games

Chicago White Sox (Hector Noesi) @ Minnesota Twins (Ricky Nolasco), 8:10 p.m.

Kansas City Royals (James Shields) vs. Seattle Mariners (Hisashi Iwakuma), 8:10 p.m.

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Today's Indians minor league affiliate games

AAA: Columbus Clippers (TBD) @ Lehigh Valley IronPigs, 7:05 p.m.

AA: Akron RubberDucks (Gabriel Arias) @ Harrisburg Senators, 7:00 p.m.

A+: Carolina Mudcats (TBD) vs. Frederick Keys, 7:00 p.m.

A-: Lake County Captains (Luis Lugo) vs. South Bend Silver Hawks, 7:00 p.m.

A (short season): Mahoning Valley Scrappers (TBD) @ Batavia Muckdogs, 7:00 p.m.