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Game Thread: Cleveland Indians take on Kansas City Royals in last full series of the year

Let's Go Tribe.

Hopefully a place where it is not raining.
Hopefully a place where it is not raining.
Peter G. Aiken-USA TODAY Sports

Cleveland Indians @ Kansas City Royals

Friday, September 30, 2016. 8:10 p.m. ET. Kauffman Stadium


Radio: WTAM

This situation is thus: the Indians can host the Red Sox if they outplay them this weekend. Or they can host the Wild Card winner if many favorable things happen. But at the same time, this goal is balanced by the need to keep the remaining front-line pitchers healthy, and so the Indians are going to try to win this last handful of regular season games without really trying to win them.

The Royals were eliminated from playoff contention a couple days ago, and so they are playing the kids, so to speak. But then again, the Indians are sending Ryan Merritt to the mound, so there really isn't any advantage.

Today's Lineups

Carlos Santana - 1B Billy Burns - LF
Jason Kipnis - 2B Whit Merrifield - 3B
Francisco Lindor - SS Eric Hosmer - 1B
Mike Napoli - DH Kendrys Morales - DH
Jose Ramirez - 3B Paulo Orlando - CF
Lonnie Chisenhall - RF Alcides Escobar - SS
Rajai Davis - LF Hunter Dozier - RF
Tyler Naquin - CF Drew Butera - C
Roberto Perez - C Raul Mondesi - 2B
Ryan Merritt - LHP Yordano Ventura - RHP