Cleveland Indians @ Minnesota Twins
Friday, April 17, 2015, 8:10 ET, Target Field
TV: STO, MLB.TV
It's time to get Corey Kluber a win.
Kluber, who will start for the Tribe tonight in Minnesota, has pitched well in his first two starts of the year, but hasn't recorded a win yet. He enters with a 2.63 ERA and 17 strikeouts in 13.2 innings pitched.
The Twins will counter with veteran Mike Pelfrey. Pelfrey was hit hard in his only start of the year, giving up four runs and seven hits in a loss to the White Sox last Saturday. Pelfrey relies heavily on his sinker, throwing it 43% of the time during his eight year career.
|CLEVELAND INDIANS||MINNESOTA TWINS|
|Michael Bourn - CF||Danny Santana - SS|
|Jason Kipnis - 2B||Eduardo Escobar - LF|
|Michael Brantley - DH||Joe Mauer - 1B|
|Carlos Santana - 1B||Brian Dozier - 2B|
|Brandon Moss - RF||Kennys Vargas - DH|
|David Murphy - LF||Trevor Plouffe - 3B|
|Lonnie Chisenhall - 3B||Oswaldo Arcia - RF|
|Roberto Perez - C||Chris Herrmann - C|
|Jose Ramirez - SS||Jordan Schafer - CF|
|Corey Kluber - RHP||Mike Pelfrey - RHP|
It's nice to see Michael Brantley back in the lineup. Brantley, who's missed the last four games with back issues, will hit third tonight. He'll be the Tribe's designated hitter, as David Murphy will man left field.
Also, of note for tomorrow's game, Danny Salazar will get the start on the mound and the Indians don't plan on that being a one time thing. Zach McAllister will be moving full-time to the bullpen.
Francona: Saturday is not a spot start for Salazar. Indians feel McAllister can be a "weapon" out of bulpen for now.— Jordan Bastian (@MLBastian) April 17, 2015