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Cleveland Indians look to keep the sweep opportunity alive in New York

Can Danny Salazar continue the Tribe's great run against the Yankees?

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Cleveland Indians @ New York Yankees

Saturday August 22nd 2015, 1:10 ET, Yankee Stadium


Radio: WTAM C


The Tribe has enjoyed a good series so far in the Big Apple, and are two up with two to play in the series. In fact, they are 4-1 against the Yankees overall this season, having restricted their powerful offense to three runs or fewer in three of the five games.

After yet another masterpiece from Carlos Carrasco yesterday, the Tribe turns to Danny Salazar today. The Tribe's No.3 has been superb of late, conceding just three earned runs in 28.1P over his last four starts, including one against the Yankees. In that 12 Aug effort in Cleveland he struck out eight in 7.1 IP, but did allow a season-high five walks.

Salazar's opposing number is the 21yo rookie Luis Severino, who has been impressive through his first three starts in the bigs, including one at Progressive Field on Aug 11 in which he went six innings for two runs. The righty has struck out 18 already, although strangely only two of those came in the Indians game.

Today's Lineups

Jason Kipnis - 2B Jacoby Ellsbury - CF
Francisco Lindor - SS Brett Gardner - LF
Michael Brantley - DH Carlos Beltran - RF
Carlos Santana - 1B Brian McCann - DH
Lonnie Chisenhall - RF Greg Bird - 1B
Abraham Almonte - CF Chase Headley - 3B
Roberto Perez - C Didi Gregorius - SS
Jose Ramirez - 3B Stephen Drew - 2B
Mike Aviles - LF John Ryan Murphy - C
Danny Salazar - RHP Luis Severino - RHP

With Giovanny Urshela struggling against righties, Jose Ramirez makes his first appearance at 3B this year. Mike Aviles is recalled to play LF, Michael Brantley is at DH and (as is often the case with a day game following a night game) Roberto Perez replaces Yan Gomes behind the plate.

According to Jordan Bastian: "Francona originally had Ramirez in lineup for LF, Aviles at 3B. Decided last minute to flip-flop them. Continuing to test JR's versatility." Given how little he has played there this year (just three AAA starts), it's certainly a risk using Ramirez at 3B, but Aviles isn't particularly good on the hot corner anyhow. The latter is seen to best effect as a middle infielder, since his bat obviously doesn't play well at LF (although he has been surprisingly solid defensively there).