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Can the Indians avoid a sweep at the hands of the Kansas City Royals?

I hope so. I really hope so.

Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports


Kansas City Royals @ Cleveland Indians


Sunday, May 28, 2017. 1:10 PM ET, Progressive Field


TV: STO


Radio: WTAM, WMMS


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INT CLUBHOUSE - DAY: JOSH TOMLIN LIGHTS INCENSE AND NURSES A BOTTLE OF RUM. A STATUE OF JOBU LOOMS OVER HIM. SEVERAL OTHER INDIANS PLAYERS GLANCE NERVOUSLY WHILE CHANGING. A POSTER WITH THE INDIANS STARTING PITCHERS HANGS ABOVE TOMLIN'S DUGOUT. MIKE CLEVINGER IS TACKED ONTO THE END AS AN OBVIOUS ADDITION, AND THERE IS AN X OVER DANNY SALAZAR. TOMLIN SPEAKS IN TONGUES AND PULLS FROM THE BOTTLE, THEN WAVES HIS HAND OVER THE BASEBALL AND HUMS.


TOMLIN: Jobu, I implore you, allow me to avoid the same fate that has befallen my brother Daniel. May my pitches hit their mark; may the hitters swing through curveballs; may the wind blow in, a ferocious gale cutting down long drives.


JASON KIPNIS: Should you really be drinking before the game?


TOMLIN: Aiming fluid, Jason. Aiming fluid.


KIPNIS (Raises an eyebrow. A beat before responding.): Ok man.


Today's Lineups























































KANSAS CITY ROYALS CLEVELAND INDIANS

Alcides Escobar - SS

Jason Kipnis - 2B

Mike Moustakas - 3B

Daniel Robertson - RF

Lorenzo Cain - CF

Michael Brantley - LF

Eric Hosmer - 1B

Carlos Santana - 1B

Salvador Perez - C

Edwin Encarnacion - DH

Jorge Bonifacio - RF

Jose Ramirez - 3B

Brandon Moss - DH

Austin Jackson - CF

Whit Merrifield - 2B

Roberto Perez - C

Alex Gordon - LF

Erik Gonzalez - SS

Danny Duffy - LHP

Josh Tomlin - RHP



Note that Francisco Lindor has the day off, meaning the Indians have a switch hitter available off of the bench.