Indians vs. Rangers game thread: Trevor Bauer vs. Yu Darvish

Ronald Martinez

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Cleveland Indians @ Texas Rangers

Friday, June 6, 2014, 8:05 PM ET, Globe Life Park

TV: STO (CLE), KTXA (TEX)

Radio: WTAM (CLE), KESN (COL)

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Today's Lineups

CLEVELAND INDIANS TEXAS RANGERS
Michael Bourn - CF Shin-Soo Choo - LF
Asdrubal Cabrera - SS Elvis Andrus - SS
Michael Brantley - LF Mitch Moreland - 1B
Jason Kipnis - 2B Adrian Beltre - 3B
Lonnie Chisenhall - 1B Alex Rios - RF
David Murphy - RF Chris Gimenez - C
Yan Gomes - C Leonys Martin - CF
Carlos Santana - DH Michael Choice - DH
Mike Aviles - 3B Rougned Odor - 2B
Trevor Bauer - RHP Yu Darvish - RHP

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Carlos Santana is back from the disabled list. Jesus Aguilar was sent down to make room for him, not George Kottaras, and I have to think that means we're not going to see Carlos behind the plate any time soon, which is probably for the best. Santana had a big series against Baltimore just before he suffered the concussion, hopefully he's back on track and ready to be the force he was for the Tribe in 2013.

Chisenhall has hardly played any third base while Santana's been out, and it's time to start wondering what happens when Nick Swisher returns to his injury. Does Swisher go back to first base every day, does he start spending some time at DH, does he sit a game or two a week? Lonnie's bat should be in the lineup every day, and it will be interesting to see how Terry Francona manages that.

Yu Darvish is about as tough a way to kick off a long series as there is, but the Texas offense hasn't been particularly good this season, so hopefully Bauer can keep the Indians in the game and the bats can either get to Darvish, or work themselves into an opportunity to face the Rangers bullpen, which hasn't been anything special.

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Today's other AL Central games

Red Sox ( Rubby De La Rosa ) @ Tigers (Drew Smyly), 7:05 PM ET

Yankees (Chase Whitley) @ Royals (Jeremy Guthrie), 8:10 PM ET

Astros (Dallas Keuchel) @ Twins (Phil Hughes), 8:10 PM ET

White Sox (Andre Rienzo) @ Angels (Jered Weaver), 10:05 PM ET

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Today's Indians minor league affiliate games

Triple-A: Columbus Clippers (Kyle Davies) @ Gwinnett

Double-A: Akron RubberDucks (Toru Murata) @ Harrisburg

High-A: Carolina Mudcats (Ryan Merritt) @ Winston-Salem

Single-A: Lake County Captains (Jordan Milbrath) vs. Fort Wayne

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