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Carrasco goes for 8 in a row vs. Tigers

Can Cookie continue his resurgence post-injury and give the Tribe its eighth victory in a row?

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Cleveland Indians @ Detroit Tigers

Saturday, June 25, 2016. 4:10 PM ET, Comerica Park


Radio: WTAM


If you had told me that, in 2016, the Cleveland Indians would be playing for their eighth victory in as many games against the Detroit Tigers, I would have asked if the injury you sustained to your head had fully healed. Well, lo and behold, that's exactly where the team stands today as the Tribe is 7-0 against the Tigers this season. With the rotation that the Indians have, they will rarely have a disadvantage on paper when it comes to pitching matchups, so it should come as no surprise that they are doing incredibly well against a team that has a very shaky rotation.

On the mound for the Tigers is RHP Anibal Sanchez. Sanchez has struggled for the Tigers this season, which earned him a demotion to the bullpen at the beginning of June. Today marks the first game that he will be starting in since May 31. On the season, in 66.1 innings of work, Sanchez holds a 5.97 ERA and an equally terribly FIP of 5.74, having allowed 44 ER along with 14 HR, 31 BB, and 54 K (good for an ERA+ of 69). His last outing came on June 20 against the Seattle Mariners when he was called to pitch out of the pen in the 12th inning.

For the Tribe, Carlos Carrasco takes the mound. Since returning from the DL, Carrasco has looked stronger with each successive outing. His last game on June 19 came against the Chicago White Sox, a game in which he went 7.1 innings and allowed just 2 runs on 5 hits, 4 walks, and 6 strikeouts. He's not up to his vintage Cookie form yet, but he should continue to improve as he gets back into his groove.

On the offensive side of things, Yan Gomes returns to the lineup along with Tyler Naquin, who is taking over in CF (Davis has slid over to LF). And now, here's the starting 9 for your Tribe:

Today's Lineups

Carlos Santana - DH Ian Kinsler - 2B
Jason Kipnis - 2B Cameron Maybin - CF
Francisco Lindor - SS Miguel Cabrera - 1B
Mike Napoli - 1B Victor Martinez - DH
Jose Ramirez - 3B Nick Castellanos - 3B
Lonnie Chisenhall - RF Justin Upton - LF
Yan Gomes - C Mike Aviles - RF
Tyler Naquin - CF James McCann - C
Rajai Davis - LF Jose Iglesias - SS
Carlos Carrasco - RHP Anibal Sanchez - RHP