Indians pregame notes: Can Kluber continue last year's success at Progressive Field?
The Indians are hoping that Corey Kluber's success at Progressive Field and in ending losing streaks last season can carry into the new season as they host the Padres tonight.
The Indians have won eight of the last nine games Corey Kluber started at home.
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By Joe ReedyFOX Sports Ohio
CLEVELAND -- The Indians are hoping that Corey Kluber's success at Progressive Field and in ending losing streaks last season can carry into the new season as they host the Padres tonight.
The Tribe have won eight of the last nine games the right-hander started at home and were 7-3 in games that Kluber started after a loss. In interleague games last season, Kluber was 3-0 with a 2.37 ERA.
Kluber will be opposed by San Diego's Tyson Ross. The right-hander is 0-1 with a 5.40 ERA this season. This will be his third career start and fourth appearance against the Indians. He has a 1-0 record with a 1.20 ERA and the Indians are batting just .231 against him. His last appearance against the Tribe came in 2012 with Oakland.
With the Padres coming into Cleveland in only the second week of April, it might look strange for most people but as Terry Francona noted, it is one of the facts of life since realignment last year.
"Someone is going to be playing interleague every day. The Phillies opened with the Rangers (this year) and that's something you don't see all the time," he said. "That's the way it is. There are so many quirks to the schedule due to interleague play, division play, unbalanced schedule that that's why you just go where they tell you."
NUMBER OF THE DAY: 12.00 -- The Tribe's ERA in the first inning. The staff has allowed eight runs in the six games this season.