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Double-Header, Game 1: Kluber takes the ball in a near must-win

Let's Go Tribe!

Upon noticing the cameras, Klubot attempts to hide his sensitive hardware.
Upon noticing the cameras, Klubot attempts to hide his sensitive hardware.
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Cleveland Indians vs. Minnesota Twins

Thursday, September 11, 2014, 12:05 ET, Progressive Field

TV: STO (CLE), FSNO (MIN)

Radio: WTAM (CLE), TIBN, BOB (MIN)

Series Preview

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Today's Lineups

MINNESOTA TWINS CLEVELAND INDIANS
Danny Santana - CF Michael Bourn - CF
Brian Dozier - 2B Jose Ramirez - SS
Joe Mauer - 1B Michael Brantley - DH
Kennys Vargas - DH Carlos Santana - 1B
Trevor Plouffe - 3B Jason Kipnis - 2B
Oswaldo Arcia - RF Yan Gomes - C
Kurt Suzuki - C Lonnie Chisenhall - 3B
Eduardo Escobar - SS J.B. Shuck - LF
Jordan Schafer - LF Tyler Holt - RF
Kyle Gibson - RHP Corey Kluber - RHP

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The Indians aren't down to their last hurrah yet, but they're very very close. If they want to stay in this thing, they're going to need to take both games today - never an easy feat. Luckily for the Indians, staff ace Corey Kluber will be taking the ball in Game 1. Hopefully he can continue his stellar season and keep the form we saw from him the last time out.

It seems like we're going to need to root for one of Detroit and the Royals, as catching both seems unlikely. Problem being, in that world we also need to pass Seattle and stay ahead of New York. Yes, the Blue Jays are again in front of us, but they've been playing way over their heads and I don't think it is sustainable. In the words of Samuel L. Jackson, hold onto your butts!

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Today's other key AL Central and Wild Card games

Twins (Ricky Nolasco) @ Indians (T.J. House), 3:35 ET

Athletics (Scott Kazmir) @ White Sox (Chris Sale), 2:10 ET

Rays (Alex Cobb) @ Yankees (Michael Pineda), 7:05 ET

Red Sox(Clay Buchholz) @ Royals (Liam Hendriks), 8:10 ET

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Minor League Playoffs

Lake County (Jordan Milbrath) @ Kane County (Duane Underwood), 7:00 ET