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Carrasco takes on Mariners out west

This will be Cookie's second start since returning from the DL. Can he get back to his dominant form out on the west coast?

Like a mighty fenix, the Cookie rises from the ashes of his fallen foes.
Like a mighty fenix, the Cookie rises from the ashes of his fallen foes.
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Cleveland Indians @ Seattle Mariners

Wednesday, June 8, 2016. 10:10 PM ET. Safeco Field


Radio: WTAM


Coming into game three of this four-game series, the Cleveland Indians have had one great game and one not so great game. The offense, after scoring 25 runs in the previous four game series, has been limited to just four runs so far in this series. Tonight, the Tribe looks to add another win against the Seattle Mariners.

For those of you out east, I hope you've adjusted your sleep schedules accordingly because Carlos Carrasco is on the mound for the Tribe tonight, which should make for must-watch baseball. His last outing came on June 2 against the Royals; he didn't earn a decision, but he went five innings while allowing three runs on nine hits, one walk, and two strikeouts. It wasn't the dominant showing that we've come to expect from Carlos, but it was enough to get the Indians a win. On the season, Carrasco has allowed just nine runs in 25 innings of work, earning an ERA+ of 151 along the way.

On the mound for the Mariners is RHP Taijuan Walker, who has been struggling mightily since his hot start in April. His last outing in particular, which came on June 3 against the Rangers, was not good as he allowed six runs on nine hits in just five innings. His ERA+ on the year is 99, so he has been slightly below average for the Mariners this season. Walker has had a slight issue with home runs this season; he is seventh worst in the AL when it comes to giving up the long ball, having given up 12 in 59.1 innings of work.

For tonight's lineup, Kipnis gets a half-day of rest as the DH while Michael Martinez fills in at 2B. Napoli is out for the evening, and Gomes is (hopefully) sitting in the locker room with an ice pack. As for the rest, here's the starting 9 for your Tribe:

Today's Lineups

Rajai Davis - LF Norichika Aoki - CF
Jason Kipnis - DH Seth Smith - LF
Francisco Lindor - SS Robinson Cano - 2B
Carlos Santana - 1B Nelson Cruz - DH
Lonnie Chisenhall - RF Kyle Seager - 3B
Juan Uribe - 3B Adam Lind - 1B
Tyler Naquin - CF Franklin Gutierrez - RF
Chris Gimenez - C Ketel Marte - SS
Michael Martinez - 2B Chris Iannetta - C
Carlos Carrasco - RHP Taijuan Walker - RHP