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Danny Salazar on the mound to bring the Cleveland Indians back to .500

Let's go for .500... again.

Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Kansas City Royals @ Cleveland Indians

Wednesday, September 16, 7:10 PM ET, Progressive Field


Radio: WTAM


Playoff hopes or no playoff hopes, it feels like the Cleveland Indians have spent a large part of 2015 just trying to break even. Their hottest streaks were building up to a potential .500 bid, and their worst moments took them several steps back. Now, with their playoff chances plummeting with every loss, they look to get back to that mythical .500 record against the Kansas City Royals tonight.

Danny Salazar will be leading the charge from the mound, but he has not looked like his usual dominant self over his last two starts. Both starts came against the Detroit Tigers, and both starts saw Salazar allowing three or more runs, and striking out three or fewer batters. Should Salazar -- and the Indians -- hope to be successful against the Royals, it will require the starter to be on point against the devastating Kansas City lineup.

Today's Lineups

Alex Gordon - LF Jason Kipnis - 2B
Ben Zobrist - 2B Francisco Lindor - SS
Lorenzo Cain - CF Michael Brantley - LF
Eric Hosmer - 1B Carlos Santana - 1B
Kendrys Morales - DH Yan Gomes - C
Mike Moustakas - 3B Chris Johnson - DH
Salvador Perez - C Jerry Sands - RF
Alex Rios - RF Abraham Almonte - CF
Alcides Escobar - SS Mike Aviles - 3B
Danny Duffy - LHP Danny Salazar - RHP

Let's go Tribe!