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Indians Saturday Game Thread: Ubaldo returns to face his former team

Carlos Carrasco looks to follow up on his successful outing in New York.

Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

Cleveland Indians vs. Baltimore Orioles

Saturday, August 16, 2014, 7:05 ET, Progressive Field



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Today's Lineups

Nick Markakis - RF Michael Bourn - CF
David Lough - LF Jose Ramirez - SS
Adam Jones - CF Michael Brantley - LF
Nelson Cruz - DH Carlos Santana - 1B
Chris Davis - 1B Jason Kipnis - 2B
J.J. Hardy - SS Yan Gomes - C
Ryan Flaherty - 3B Lonnie Chisenhall - 3B
Caleb Joseph - C Zach Walters - DH
Jonathan Schoop - 2B Chris Dickerson - RF
Ubaldo Jimenez - RHP Carlos Carrasco - RHP


The last time we saw Ubaldo Jimenez he was pitching the Indians to the playoffs in Minnesota. That game was the culmination of a great second half, in which he posted a 1.82 ERA in 84 innings. Had there been a second half Cy Young award, he would have won it. Because of that great stretch, he went from a third-tier free agent to one of the best available on the market, and signed a four-year contract with Baltimore. This season he's reverted to the style of pitcher we saw in 2012 and the first half of 2013 - lots of control problems, though very effective when he was able to throw strikes.

Facing Ubaldo is Carlos Carrasco, who made a surprisingly good start in Yankee Stadium last weekend. Carrasco had been a disaster when last he had been in the rotation, but necessity forced the Indians to turn to him, and this time he delivered five shutout innings. He'll be facing a better lineup this time around.


Today's other AL Central games

Seattle (King Felix) at Detroit (David Price), 7:08 PM

Kansas City (Yordano Ventura) vs Minnesota (Phil Hughes), 7:10 PM

Toronto (Mark Buerhle) at Chicago (John Danks), 7:10 PM


Today's minor-league games

AAA: Columbus at Toledo, 7:00 PM (Zach McAllister)

AA: Akron at New Hampshire, 7:05 PM (Duke von Schamann)

A+: Carolina at Potomac, 6:35 PM (DJ Brown)

A-: Lake County at Fort Wayne, 7:05 PM (Luis Lugo)

SSA: Williamsport at Mahoning Valley, 7:05 PM (Cameron Hill)

R-: AZL Indians at AZL Padres, 10:00 PM

R-: DSL Indians at DSL Royals, 10:30 AM