Series Preview: Indians-Blue Jays
Blue Jays (8-8) at Indians (7-8)
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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