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Indians @ Royals | Friday, July 25 GameThread: Tomlin vs. Ventura

Raburn can't screw this one up

Josh Tomlin moonlights as a male model. He calls this look "The Ray-Burn."
Josh Tomlin moonlights as a male model. He calls this look "The Ray-Burn."
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Cleveland Indians at Kansas City Royals

Friday, July 25, 2014, 8:10 ET, Kauffman Stadium



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Today's Lineups

Jason Kipnis - 2B Lorenzo Cain - RF
Chris Dickerson - LF Omar Infante - 2B
Michael Brantley - CF Alex Gordon - LF
Carlos Santana - 1B Salvador Perez - C
Lonnie Chisenhall - 3B Mike Moustakas - 3B
Nick Swisher - DH Raul Ibanez - 1B
Yan Gomes - C Norichika Aoki - DH
David Murphy - RF Alcides Escobar - SS
Jose Ramirez - SS Jarrod Dyson - CF
Josh Tomlin - RHP Yordano Ventura - RHP

Josh Tomlin hasn't won a game since he struck out 11 Mariners in a one-hit, complete game shutout in Seattle on June 28. Since then, he's pitched three games with varying degrees of turdosity. Let's hope today's outing helps make his case against permanently changing his nickname to Little Cowpie.

More important, perhaps, is the conspicuous absence of one Ryan M.F. Raburn from the lineup. Let's hope he's in the process of being DFA'd.


Today's other AL Central games

Chicago White Sox (John Danks) @ Minnesota Twins (Kevin Correia), 8:10 ET

Detroit Tigers (Drew Smyly) @ Los Angeles Angels (Tyler Skaggs), 10:05 ET


Today's minor-league games

AAA: Columbus Clippers (Justin Masterson rehab start) vs. Norfolk Tide, 7:15 ET

AA: Akron RubberDucks (Duke van Schamann) @ Reading Fightin' Phils, 7:05 ET

A+: Carolina Mudcats (Ryan Meritt) @ Potomac Nationals, 7:05 ET

A: Lake County Captains (Mitch Brown) vs. Wisconsin Timber Rattlers, 7:00 ET

SSA: Mahoning Valley Scrappers (Kieran Lovegrove) vs. Williamsport Crosscutters, 7:05 ET