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Game Thread: Indians and Trevor Bauer look to close out Houston series with another win

Let's Go Tribe!

Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

Indians vs Astros

Thursday, September 8, 2016, 12:10 PM ET, Progressive Field


Radio: WTAM

The Indians enter Thursday with a 5 1/2 game lead over the Detroit Tigers in the American League Central and hope Trevor Bauer will help them extend that lead a little more.

Bauer will take the mound against the Astros in the final game of the teams' four game series. The right-hander enters with a record of 10-6 and a 3.70 ERA. He has made four consecutive quality starts.

The Astros will turn to David Paulino, a 6'7" right-hander who will be making his Major League debut. One of Houston's top prospects, Paulino throws hard, sitting 97+ mph with his fastball, and has had plenty of success so far this year in the minor leagues. Over 20 appearances between Double-A and Triple-A, Paulino owns a 2.00 ERA and 106 strikeouts in just 90 innings.

Today's Lineups

George Springer - RF Carlos Santana - 1B
Alex Bregman - SS Jason Kipnis - 2B
Jose Altuve - DH Francisco Lindor - SS
Yulieski Gurriel - 3B Mike Napoli - DH
Colby Rasmus - CF Jose Ramirez - 3B
Marwin Gonzalez - 2B Lonnie Chisenhall - RF
A.J. Reed - 1B Abraham Almonte - LF
Jason Castro - C Tyler Naquin - CF
Tony Kemp - LF Chris Gimenez - C
David Paulino - RHP Trevor Bauer - RHP