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Cleveland Indians vs. Kansas City Royals — going for the sweep

Having established a convincing 2-0 lead in the series, the Tribe needs a strong outing from Danny Salazar today to complete the sweep and keep themselves in the playoff chase.

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Cleveland Indians @ Kansas City Royals

Sunday September 27th 2015, 2:10 ET, Kauffman Stadium


Radio: WTAM C


So with just a week or so to go, the Tribe is still playing meaningful baseball, something none of us would have been able to predict at the trade deadline at the end of July.

The Tribe turns to Danny Salazar this afternoon. The 25yo has been enjoying the best season of his career, although he hasn't been quite so effective lately, allowing 19 earned runs over his last six starts, including three in one inning last Tuesday after it looked for all the world like he had struck out Escobar to complete a 1-2-3.

Chris Young goes for the Royals, making his first starting appearance since he faced the Tribe at the end of July. That outing turned into a track meet, with Bourn, Brantley and Santana combining for six steals (Kipnis was caught stealing). Hopefully, Lindor, Ramirez and Almonte will be able to attack him from the basepaths today. Overall, Young has recorded a 3.29 ERA/4.72 WHIP for a 0.6 fWAR since signing a bonus-laden $700K contract with the Royals in March.

Today's Lineups

Jason Kipnis - 2B Alcides Escobar - SS
Francisco Lindor - SS Alex Gordon - DH
Michael Brantley - LF Lorenzo Cain - CF
Carlos Santana - 1B Eric Hosmer - 1B
Lonnie Chisenhall - RF Salvador Perez - C
Abraham Almonte - CF Mike Moustakas - 3B
Chris Johnson - DH Alex Rios - RF
Jose Ramirez - 3B Christian Colon - 2B
Roberto Perez - C Jarrod Dyson - LF
Danny Salazar - RHP Chris Young - RHP

Michael Brantley injured his shoulder trying to catch a flyball in that disastrous third Salazar inning on Tuesday, and hadn't been able to play since. However, both he and Lonnie Chisenhall were passed fit to play after taking BP.