Series Preview: Indians-Blue Jays
APR 18, 2014 1:49p ET
Setting the scene: The Indians return to Progressive Field tonight to begin a seven-game homestand. They were 2-4 on a six-game trip to Chicago and Detroit.
First pitch: 7:05 p.m. tonight; 1:05 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. All three games are on SportsTime Ohio.
Probable starters: Tonight -- RHP Justin Masterson (0-0, 5.87) vs. RHP Drew Hutchinson (1-1, 3.68); Saturday -- RHP Corey Kluber (1-1, 5.40) vs. LHP Mark Buehrle (3-0, 0.86); Sunday -- RHP Carlos Carrasco (0-2, 7.84) vs. RHP Brandon Morrow (1-1, 5.52).
Last season: Cleveland was 4-2 against Toronto, including 2-1 at Progressive Field. It was the first time since 2010 they won the season series.
Who's Hot for Toronto: Jose Bautista leads the American League in home runs with six and is averaging a home run once per 8.7 at-bats. He has 10 career homers against the Indians with six coming at Progressive Field. Bautista's career average against the Indians is .275. ... Melky Cabrera is second in the AL in hits with 22 and has seven multi-hit games. ... Buehrle is one of four pitchers in the AL with three wins and is third in ERA.
Who's Not for Toronto: Brett Lawrie is 4 for 28 over the past seven games and is batting .131 on the season. ... Ryan Goins is 5 for 35 against right handers.
Who's Hot for Cleveland: David Murphy is batting .500 with runners in scoring position. ... Yan Gomes has a .410 average in night games.
Who's Not for Cleveland: The first four spots in the order were a combined 1 for 30 in the Detroit series. Carlos Santana is 1 for 27 over the past seven games and is hitting .157 on the season.
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