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Indians vs. Tiger Game 2 GameThread: McAllister takes on Scherzer

McAllister needs a solid performance to give the Indians a shot against Detroit with Scherzer on the mound

Jason Miller

Cleveland Indians at Detroit Tigers (Game 2)

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



Series Preview


Today's Lineups

Jason Kipnis - 2B Austin Jackson - CF
Mike Aviles - SS Ian Kinsler - 2B
Michael Brantley - CF Miguel Cabrera - 1B
Carlos Santana - DH Victor Martinez - DH
Lonnie Chisenhall - 3B J.D. Martinez - LF
Nick Swisher - 1B Torii Hunter - RF
David Murphy - RF Don Kelly - 3B
Roberto Perez - C Alex Avila - C
Chris Dickerson - LF Eugenio Suarez - SS
Zach McAllister - RHP Max Scherzer - RHP


Klubot made short work of the Tigers in the afternoon game, and the Tribe offense beat up Detroit's Drew Verhagen in his MLB debut. The Indians have a much bigger challenge ahead of them in game 2, as they face de facto Tigers ace Max Scherzer.

Zach McAllister takes the hill for the Tribe, and it will take an impressive performance from him to help lift an offense that has already played once today over one of the game's best pitchers. Roberto Perez gets the start at catcher in place of Yan Gomes, which means we can use Gomes as a late-inning pinch hitter against Detroit's shaky bullpen if it comes to that. Here's hoping it won't, though, and that the Indians can put a hurtin' on Scherzer.

Let's Go Tribe!


Today's other AL Central games

Kansas City Royals (Danny Duffy) @ Boston Red Sox (Rubby De La Rosa), 7:10 ET

Houston Astros (Dallas Keuchel) @ Chicago White Sox (Hector Noesi), 7:10 ET

Tampa Bay Rays (David Price) @ Minnesota Twins (Phil Hughes), 7:10 ET


Today's minor-league games

AAA: Columbus Clippers vs. Indianapolis Indians, 7:05 ET

AA: Akron RubberDucks doubleheader vs. Erie Seawolves, 5:05 ET

A+: Carolina Mudcats at Lynchburg HillCats, 7:05 ET

A: Lake County Captains at Cedar Rapids Kernels, 7: 00 ET

SSA: Mahoning Valley Scrappers vs. Connecticut Tigers, 7:05 ET