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Game Thread: Mike Clevinger gets another start, this one in Minnesota

The Indians for some reason refuse to call Clevinger a starter. Should WE call him one?

Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

Cleveland Indians @ Minnesota Twins

Saturday September 10. 7:10 PM ET, Target Field

Radio: WTAM.

Alright. So! Tonight in Minnesota, the bottom of the 1st inning will start with Mike Clevinger on the mound for the Indians facing Twins batters. That makes him, for the second time in six days, the Indians' starting pitcher.

Why do I say that like it's not obvious? Because Terry Francona and the Indians refuse to admit that Clevinger is now their #5 starter. Ever since removing Josh Tomlin from the rotation after his abhorrent August, they are calling every fifth day a "bullpen game" and insisting that Tomlin will pitch after Clevinger only goes a couple innings.

Why should Clevinger be limited to a couple innings, though? He's been a starter his entire life and they've had more than enough time to stretch him back into being one by now, as Josh Tomlin hasn't looked like a guy long for the rotation since July.

Do they not want to admit Tomlin stinks? Do they not want to admit they should have seen the signs coming sooner? We'll have another data point in a few hours, but it may not matter. If Danny Salazar can't make his next start, Tomlin and Clevinger will likely both be IN THE ROTATION.

Opposing Clevinger tonight is Hector Santiago. Here's who will face Santiago:

Today's Lineups

Rajai Davis - CF Brian Dozier - 2B
Jason Kipnis - 2B Joe Mauer - 1B
Francisco Lindor - SS Jorge Polanco - SS
Mike Napoli - DH Max Kepler - RF
Carlos Santana - 1B Miguel Sano - DH
Jose Ramirez - 3B Eddie Rosario - LF
Brandon Guyer - RF Kurt Suzuki - C
Coco Crisp - LF James Beresford - 3B
Roberto Perez - C Byron Buxton - CF
Mike Clevinger - RHP Hector Santiago - LHP

Also, I have some bad news: