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Cleveland Indians give spot start to Ryan Merritt in series finale against Detroit Tigers

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Let's Go Tribe!

Patrick Gorski-USA TODAY Sports

Indians @ Tigers

Thursday, September 29, 2016, 1:10 PM ET, Comerica Park

TV: MLBTV, STO

Radio: WTAM

Let's face it, this game means a little more to the Tigers than to the Indians. Sure, the Tribe wants to win, but the Tigers are fighting like crazy for a Wild Card bid, while the Indians are already locked in as AL Central champs. But hey, a victory today would sure be sweet.

The Indians will start Ryan Merritt on the mound this afternoon. The rookie left-hander has allowed one run over six big league innings. He was 11-8 with a 3.70 ERA over 24 starts with Triple-A Columbus. Merritt won't overpower, as he struck out just 91 batters over 143 1/3 innings with the Clippers, relying instead on plus command.

Detroit will start a young lefty as well, turning to Daniel Norris. The 23-year-old former top prospect came over in a trade from Toronto last year and owns a 3.59 ERA over 12 starts this season. He faced off against the Indians September 18th, earning the win after allowing one run over five innings.

Today's Lineups

CLEVELAND INDIANS DETROIT TIGERS
Rajai Davis - CF Ian Kinsler - 2B
Jose Ramirez - 3B Cameron Maybin - CF
Francisco Lindor - SS Miguel Cabrera - 1B
Mike Napoli - DH Victor Martinez - DH
Brandon Guyer - LF J.D. Martinez - RF
Abraham Almonte - RF Justin Upton - LF
Jesus Aguilar - 1B Nick Castellanos - 3B
Chris Gimenez - C James McCann - C
Michael Martinez - 2B Jose Iglesias - SS
Ryan Merritt - LHP Daniel Norris - LHP