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Game Thread: Tribe tries to avoid sweep by Rangers

The pitching matchup: Cole Hamels vs. Trevor Bauer

The Indians face Cole Hamels for the first time since 2013.
The Indians face Cole Hamels for the first time since 2013.
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Texas Rangers @ Cleveland Indians

Wednesday, June 1, 2016. 6:10 PM EDT


Radio: WTAM

The Indians are trying to avoid a sweep, and in order to do so will need to score some runs off Cole Hamels. Surprisingly, the Indians have had success against Hamels in their two games against him (which came six years apart). If you're flailing around looking for good omens, the last two times the Indians went to the playoffs (2013, 2007), they faced Hamels during the regular season.

The Indians today called up Tyler Naquin in the wake of Marlon Byrd's suspension, meaning that for the time being either Naquin or Lonnie Chisenhall will be in the lineup against a left-handed starter, with Chisenhall getting the majority of those opportunities. Tonight it's Chisenhall in the lineup against the Texas southpaw.

Today's Lineups

Jurickson Profar - 2B Rajai Davis - CF
Ian Desmond - CF Jason Kipnis - 2B
Prince Fielder - DH Francisco Lindor - SS
Adrian Beltre - 3B Mike Napoli - DH
Nomar Mazara - RF Carlos Santana - 1B
Mitch Moreland - 1B Jose Ramirez - LF
Elvis Andrus - SS Juan Uribe - 3B
Ryan Rua - LF Lonnie Chisenhall - RF
Bobby Wilson - C Chris Gimenez - C
Cole Hamels - LHP Trevor Bauer - RHP