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Indians vs. Rangers Sunday game thread: Justin Masterson vs. Joe Saunders

Let's Go Tribe!

Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Cleveland Indians @ Texas Rangers

Sunday, June 8, 2014, 3:05 PM ET, Globe Life Park



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Today's Lineups

Michael Bourn - CF Michael Choice - LF
Asdrubal Cabrera - SS Elvis Andrus - SS
Michael Brantley - LF Shin-Soo Choo - DH
Jason Kipnis - 2B Adrian Beltre - 3B
Carlos Santana - 1B Alex Rios - RF
Yan Gomes - C Chris Gimenez - C
Lonnie Chisenhall - 3B Leonys Martin - CF
Ryan Raburn - DH Donnie Murphy - 1B
David Murphy - RF Rougned Odor - 2B
Justin Masterson - RHP Joe Saunders - LHP


The Indians look to push themselves above .500 for the first time this season since they were 5-4. They've have to score some runs off a lefty to do it... or I guess they could win 1-0 after getting a great game from Masterson and scoring off the bullpen. It's good to see Lonnie in the lineup against a southpaw. I expect he'll still sit against them at times, but it seems he's finally earned an everyday spot.

Speaking of Masterson, his overall number are something of a mess so far this season, but he's coming off maybe he's best game of the year, 7 shutout innings against Boston, with 10 strikeouts. I sure hope he's getting things turned around, because that could make a big difference for the Tribe.

Carlos Santana (who's been the team's third best hitter over the last month, despite what you may have heard) has been moved back up into the heart of the order, and I like the looks of this lineup quite a bit.


Today's other AL Central games

Astros (Collin McHugh) @ Twins (Samuel Deduno), 2:10 PM ET

Yankees (Hiroki Kuroda) @ Royals (James Shields), 2:10 PM ET

White Sox (Jose Quintana) @ Angels (C.J. Wilson), 3:35 PM ET

Red Sox (John Lackey) @ Tigers (Anibal Sanchez), 8:00 PM ET


Today's Indians minor league affiliate games

Triple-A: Columbus Clippers (Gabriel Arias) @ Charlotte

Double-A: Akron RubberDucks (Will Roberts) @ Harrisburg

High-A: Carolina Mudcats (Adam Plutko) @ Winston-Salem

Single-A: Lake County Captains (Dace Kime) vs. Dayton