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Cleveland Indians will call up pitcher Toru Murata to make MLB debut Sunday night

Saturday's rainout forces the Indians to find another starter.

This is the back of a different Murata, but we don't have any pictures of Toru. * PHOTO
This is the back of a different Murata, but we don't have any pictures of Toru. * PHOTO
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The Cleveland Indians will call up Toru Murata from Triple-A to start the second game of Sunday's doubleheader against the Baltimore Orioles. It will be Murata's MLB debut after a number of years in the Tribe system.

Murata is a right-handed pitcher, has a 2.79 ERA in 80.2 innings for the Columbus Clippers this year. He has a very low strikeout rate (5.36 K/9), which is not particularly exciting, but he's got a decent walk rate and has done well at keeping the ball in the park this year. His FIP is 3.75 though, because it's hard to do well while striking out so few. Murata has been very good in recent weeks. In his last four starts he's posted a 1.98 ERA, which may or may not have made the difference in him being chosen for this spot start.

Cody Anderson, who was scheduled to start today, will instead be pushed back to Monday's game in Tampa Bay. This keeps Trevor Bauer on his normal schedule, and allows Anderson to face a somewhat lesser lineup.

The Indians will not have to send anyone down to make room on the 25-man roster for Murata, because teams are allowed an extra player when they have a double header.