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Indians vs. Tigers GameThread (Friday): Trevor Bauer vs. Anibal Sanchez

The Tribe try to start the second "half" of the season on the right foot. Or the left, depending on your foot-dominance.

McFly! You bojo! Those boards don't work on water - unless you've got Bauer!
McFly! You bojo! Those boards don't work on water - unless you've got Bauer!
David Richard-USA TODAY Sports
Cleveland Indians at Detroit Tigers

Friday, July 18, 2014, 7:08 ET, Comerica Park



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Today's Lineups

Jason Kipnis - 2B Austin Jackson - CF
Asdrubal Cabrera - SS Ian Kinsler - 2B
Michael Brantley - CF Miguel Cabrera - 1B
Carlos Santana - 1B Victor Martinez - DH
Lonnie Chisenhall - 3B J.D. Martinez - LF
Nick Swisher - DH Torii Hunter - RF
David Murphy - RF Nick Castellanos - 3B
Yan Gomes - C Alex Avila - C
Chris Dickerson - LF Eugenio Suarez - SS
Trevor Bauer - RHP Anibal Sanchez - RHP

Trevor Bauer will try to get things going in the homestretch for the Tribe as he faces off against Anibal Sanchez and the Tigers. Sanchez has been one of the best starters for the Tigers this year, so the Indians will have quite the job in front of them.

Francona and the staff chose to keep Bauer on normal rest by starting him tonight. Considering the results this year and how routine oriented someone like Trevor seems to be, I can't argue with the decision.

Tonight's game starts at 7:08 because Detroit. Honestly, I have no other explanation. There might be a logical one but I don't know it. If you do, fill us in. Until then, Let's Go Tribe!


Today's other AL Central games

Kansas City Royals (James Shields) @ Boston Red Sox (Clay Buchholz), 7:10 p.m.

Houston Astros (Scott Feldman) @ Chicago White Sox (Jose Quintana), 8:10 p.m.

Tampa Bay Rays (Alex Cobb) @ Minnesota Twins (Kyle Gibson), 8:10 p.m.


Today's minor-league games

AAA: Columbus Clippers (Tyler Cloyd) vs. Indianapolis Indians, 7:15 p.m.

AA: Akron RubberDucks (Shawn Morimando) vs. Erie Seawolves, 7:05 p.m.

A+: Carolina Mudcats (Cole Sulser) at Lynchburg HillCats, 7:05 p.m.

A: Lake County Captains (Luis Lugo) at Cedar Rapids Kernels, 7: 05ET

SSA: Mahoning Valley Scrappers (Sean Brady) vs. Connecticut Tigers, 7:05 ET