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Indians vs. Twins previews: Trevor Bauer to start series opener for Tribe

Let's Go Tribe!

Kyle Rivas

Cleveland Indians vs. Minnesota Twins

Tuesday, September 9, 2014, 7:05 ET, Progressive Field



Series Preview


Today's Lineups

Jordan Schafer - LF Michael Bourn - CF
Brian Dozier - 2B Jose Ramirez - SS
Joe Mauer - 1B Michael Brantley - LF
Kennys Vargas - DH Carlos Santana - 1B
Trevor Plouffe - 3B Jason Kipnis - 2B
Oswaldo Arcia - RF Lonnie Chisenhall - 3B
Kurt Suzuki - C Yan Gomes - C
Eduardo Escobar - SS David Murphy - RF
Aaron Hicks - CF Zach Walters - DH
Trevor May - RHP Trevor Bauer - RHP


The Indians almost certainly need to go at least 14-6 over the final 20 games if they're going to make the playoffs. That basically means they have to win each of the seven series they have left, with one or two sweeps along the way. The Twins at home is as sweepable a series as they've got left, so while 2 of 3 would keep the Tribe in contention, 3 of 3 would make things more realistic.

Things start with Trevor Bauer, a guy for whom things have often not started well. Hopefully he can avoid the 1st-inning troubles that have plagued him, and hopefully the lineup can give him more than the 2 or 3 runs of support they seem to be providing most nights.


Today's other key AL Central and Wild Card games

Rays (Chris Archer) @ Yankees (Hiroki Kuroda), 7:05 ET

Cubs (Jake Arrieta) @ Blue Jays (Mark Buehrle), 7:07 ET

Royals (Jason Vargas) @ Tigers (Max Scherzer), 7:08 ET

Athletics (Jon Lester) @ White Sox (John Danks) , 8:10 ET

Astros (Collin McHugh) @ Mariners (Roenis Elias), 10:10 ET