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Nick Swisher returns as Danny Salazar looks for another win against rival Royals

The 'Zar rides into KC for a regicidal romp

Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Cleveland Indians @ Kansas City Royals

Tuesday, May 5, 8:10 ET, Kauffman Stadium


Radio: WTAM


Danny Salazar comes into today's game as the only undefeated Indians starter, having notched three wins in his first three starts. His last outing, aptly demonstrating the uselessness of the "win" stat, was a six inning outing in which he gave up four runs and a homer, but still got the W against the Royals. Shaky outing or not, the 'Zar managed to rack up another seven K's, bringing his total to 28 in just 19 innings pitched this season. I'm setting the over/under for Danny's K's today at 9 - he's a strikeout machine, and I still refuse to believe the Royals might actually be good.

On the hill opposite him is Jason Vargas, who is struggling considerably this year. He came away with the win against the Indians in his last outing, despite going only five innings. Unfortunately, he is still a lefty, and we all know what that means for this Tribe team.

On the lineup side of things, it's time to celebrate the return of Nick Swisher! He'll be DH-ing tonight, batting in the 6th spot, and hoping to give the team a much-needed jolt of energy in a season that is on the verge of being lost. Here's how the rest of the lineup shakes out:

Today's Lineups

Jason Kipnis - 2B Alex Gordon - LF
Carlos Santana - 1B Mike Moustakas - 3B
Michael Brantley - CF Kendrys Morales - DH
Ryan Raburn - LF Eric Hosmer - 1B
Brandon Moss - RF Salvador Perez - C
Nick Swisher - DH Omar Infante - 2B
Mike Aviles - SS Paulo Orlando - RF
Lonnie Chisenhall - 3B Jarrod Dyson - CF
Roberto Perez - C Christian Colon - SS
Danny Salazar - RHP Jason Vargas - LHP
Let's Go Tribe!