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Bauer makes final regular season start against Royals

One team wants to win this game in order to have a better advantage in the postseason. The other will try and play spoiler. Who will come out the victor?

David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

Cleveland Indians @ Kansas City Royals

Saturday, October 1, 2016. 4:10 PM EST, Kauffman Stadium

TV: FS1, MLB.TV (Free Game of the Day)

Radio: WTAM


As the Indians make their inevitable march towards the ALDS, they set their sights on the #2 seed since Texas clinched the #1 seed with their victory last night. The 2-seed could be crucial for the Tribe as it would mean that they would play less games at Fenway Park and more games at Progressive Field. As we've seen this year, the Cleveland Indians, for whatever reason, play much better at home than they do on the road. A win today will at least make it possible, whereas a loss coupled with a Red Sox win could make the #3 seed a certainty. Trevor Bauer steps up to the mound in his final regular season start; his next start could be in Game 1 of the ALDS, depending on the health of Corey Kluber. Regardless of today's outcome, all I ask is that no one else on the team get injured. And now, here's the starting 9 for your Tribe:

Today's Lineups

Carlos Santana - DH Jarrod Dyson - CF
Jason Kipnis - 2B Whit Merrifield - 2B
Francisco Lindor - SS Kendrys Morales - DH
Mike Napoli - 1B Paulo Orlando - RF
Jose Ramirez - 3B Alex Gordon - LF
Lonnie Chisenhall - RF Alcides Escobar - SS
Coco Crisp - LF Daniel Nava - 1B
Tyler Naquin - CF Cheslor Cuthbert - 3B
Roberto Perez - C Drew Butera - C
Trevor Bauer - RHP Edinson Volquez - RHP