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Reds come to town limping, Tribe looks to start off series with a win

Let's Go Tribe!

Targets analyzed - friendly.
Targets analyzed - friendly.
Duane Burleson

Cincinnati Reds @ Cleveland Indians

Monday, August 4, 2014, 7:05 ET, Progressive Field


Radio: WTAM (CLE), WLW (TEX)

Series Preview


Today's Lineups

Billy Hamilton - CF Jason Kipnis - 2B
Jay Bruce - RF Mike Aviles - LF
Todd Frazier - 3B Michael Brantley - CF
Devin Mesoraco - C Carlos Santana - 1B
Brayan Pena - 1B Lonnie Chisenhall - 3B
Skip Schumaker - LF David Murphy - RF
Jack Hannahan - DH Yan Gomes - C
Ramon Santiago - 2B Chris Dickerson - DH
Zack Cozart - SS Jose Ramirez - SS
Alfredo Simon - RHP Corey Kluber - RHP


I do not need to explain how dominant Corey Kluber has been of late. If he were human, I'd say he's been "the man." But alas, he is more than that. He is the Klubot.

The Reds come to town missing Votto and Phillips and, while Phillips hasn't really been a great hitter for a spell now, it is still good to miss the both of them, since Brandon typically has his way with Cleveland pitching.

Tonight's opposing pitcher is right-handed, which means that Tito is insistent on playing Mike Aviles in LF and batting him second. I love him, but Terry Francona is going to give me an aneurysm. FREE HOLT


Today's other AL Central games

Tigers (Max Scherzer) @ Yankees (Brandon McCarthy), 7:05 ET

Rangers (Rick Martinez) @ White Sox (Hector Noesi), 8:10 ET

Royals - OFF

Twins - OFF


Today's minor-league games

AAA: Columbus Clippers (Tyler Cloyd) at Pawtucket, 7:05 ET

AA: Akron RubberDucks - OFF

A+: Carolina Mudcats - OFF

A: Lake County Captains (Dace Kime) vs. West Michigan, 7:00 ET

SSA: Mahoning Valley Scrappers (Jordan Carter) @ Vermont, 7:05 ET