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Carlos Carrasco starts opener for Indians in must-win series vs. Royals

Let's Go Tribe!

Jason Miller

Cleveland Indians vs. Kansas City Royals

Monday, September 22, 2014, 7:05 ET, Progressive Field


Radio: WTAM (CLE), KCSP (KC)

Series Preview


Today's Lineups

Alcides Escobar - SS Michael Bourn - CF
Norichika Aoki - RF Jose Ramirez - SS
Lorenzo Cain - CF Michael Brantley - LF
Eric Hosmer - 1B Carlos Santana - DH
Billy Butler - DH Yan Gomes - C
Alex Gordon - LF Mike Aviles - 2B
Salvador Perez - C Lonnie Chisenhall - 3B
Omar Infante - 2B Chris Gimenez - 1B
Mike Moustakas - 3B Tyler Holt - RF
Danny Duffy - LHP Carlos Carrasco - RHP


The Indians already won once today, closing out the suspended game from August 31st (not before making things more interesting than they needed to be). That moves them to just 2.5 games back of the second Wild Card spot. They probably need a sweep of this series if they're going to make the playoffs. Anything less than 2 of 3 and they're finished.


Today's AL games that matter for the Wild Card

Orioles (Chen) @ Yankees (Pineda), 7:05 ET

Mariners (Paxton) @ Blue Jays (Happ), 7:07 ET

Angels (Wilson) @ Athletics (Samardzija), 10:05 ET