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Tribe's Danny Salazar faces off against Cincinnati's Mat Latos as the Ohio Cup shifts south

Let's Go Tribe!

Ed Zurga

Cincinnati Reds @ Cleveland Indians

Wednesday, August 6, 2014, 7:10 ET, Great American Ballpark


Radio: WTAM (CLE), WLW (CIN)

Series Preview

Today's Lineups

Jason Kipnis - 2B Billy Hamilton - CF
David Murphy - RF Jay Bruce - RF
Michael Brantley - CF Todd Frazier - 3B
Carlos Santana - 1B Devin Mesoraco - C
Lonnie Chisenhall - 3B Brayan Pena - 1B
Nick Swisher - LF Chris Heisey - LF
Yan Gomes - C Kristopher Negron - 2B
Jose Ramirez - SS Zack Cozart - SS
Danny Salazar - RHP Mat Latos - RHP

Technically this is the beginning of new two-game series between the Reds and Indians, but I prefer to think of it as the second half of a four-game, two-city series between the two Ohio clubs. The Reds and Indians traded blowout victories in Cleveland, which quite a bit out of character for the Reds, who have both one of the best pitching staffs in baseball and one of the worst offenses in baseball.

Danny Salazar, who has shown shades of last year's success in this stint in the rotation, on paper has a favorable matchup. Great American Ballpark Bandbox is one of the best offensive parks in the majors, but there aren't many in the Cincinnati lineup that can take advantage of the friendly dimensions and wind patterns. Salazar, even at his best, has been prone to give up home runs, so this game represents a three-way clash (goperitic pitcher, punchless lineup, launching pad park). Which extreme will show itself tonight? There's only one to find out.

Other AL Central games

Texas 3, Chicago White Sox 1

San Diego 5, Minnesota 4 (10 Innings)

Detroit (Verlander) at New York Yankees (Capuano), 7:05 PM

Kansas City (Ventura) at Arizona (Colmenter), 9:40 PM

Tonight's minor league action

AAA: Off day

AA: New Britain at Akron (Joseph Colon), 7:05 PM

A+: Carolina (Ryan Merritt) at Frederick, 7:00 PM

A-: Lake County 3, West Michigan 0

SSA: Brooklyn at Mahoning Valley (Nick Maronde), 7:05 PM

R-: AZL Indians at AZL White Sox, 10:00 PM

R-: DSL Dodgers 5, DSL Indians 4 (12 Innings)