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Indians face Royals in rubber match

Let's Go Tribe!

John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports

Cleveland Indians @ Kansas City Royals

Thursday, June 4, 8:10 ET, Kauffman Stadium



I don't expect it to be very crowded in here tonight, what with some other local sports team playing in some sort of a big game (and the Browns probably sifting through their backup special teams players or something), but it's something of a big game for the Indians as well. They've played good baseball for about three weeks now, and have gotten themselves not quite back into the thick of things, but into the thin of them at least. If they're going to pass the three teams ahead of them in the AL Central though, they're probably going to need to win more than they lose hen facing them. A win tonight would give the Tribe a series victory in KC, and put them in decent position to reach .500 over the weekend.

Today's Lineups

Jason Kipnis - 2B Alcides Escobar - SS
Carlos Santana - 1B Mike Moustakas - 3B
Michael Brantley - DH Lorenzo Cain - CF
Brandon Moss - RF Eric Hosmer - 1B
David Murphy - LF Kendrys Morales - DH
Lonnie Chisenhall - 3B Alex Gordon - LF
Mike Aviles - SS Alex Rios - RF
Michael Bourn - CF Salvador Perez - C
Roberto Perez - C Omar Infante - 2B
Trevor Bauer - RHP Chris Young - RHP

It would be probably best for the Indians if neither team hit any balls to left field tonight, because there are few Major League situations in which one team's starter is so much better at defending their position than the other team's.