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Series Preview 4/3-4/5: Cleveland Indians vs. Texas Rangers

Opening Day is here as the Cleveland Indians and Texas Rangers get set for a three-game series ranging from April 3-5 at Globe Life Ballpark in Arlington, Texas.

Matchup

The Cleveland Indians (0-0) and Texas Rangers (0-0) will meet for the fourth time on Opening Day in their history. Currently under the direction of Jeff Banister, the Rangers have won all three Game 1 meetings against the Tribe. Most recently, Texas won the first contest of 2012 by a score of 4-2. Cleveland lost eight of its 12 games in the 2016 season series between the two clubs.

Starting Pitchers

Game 1: RHP Corey Kluber (18-9, 3.14 ERA) vs. RHP Yu Darvish (7-5, 3.41 ERA)

Game 2: RHP Carlos Carrasco (11-8, 3.32 ERA) vs. LHP Martin Perez (10-11, 4.39 ERA)

Game 3: RHP Danny Salazar (11-6, 3.87 ERA) vs. LHP Cole Hamels (15-5, 3.32 ERA)

Projected Lineup - Indians

1B Carlos Santana (.259/.366/.498)

SS Francisco Lindor (.301/.358/.435)

LF Michael Brantley (.231/.279/.282)

DH Edwin Encarnacion (.263/.357/.529)

2B Jose Ramirez (.312/.363/.462)

C Yan Gomes (.167/.201/.327)

CF Tyler Naquin (.296/.372/.514)

RF Abraham Almonte (.264/.294/.401)

3B Yandy Diaz (major league debut)

Projected Lineup - Rangers

CF Delino Deshields (.209/.275/.313)

RF Shin-Soo Choo (.242/.357/.399)

DH Carlos Gomez (.231/.298/.384)

2B Rougned Odor (.271/.296/.502)

C Jonathan Lucroy (.292/.355/.500)

1B Mike Napoli (.239/.335/.465)

LF Nomar Mazara (.266/.320/.419)

3B Joey Gallo (.040/.200/.160)

SS Elvis Andrus (.302/.362/.439)

John Alfes has covered the Indians for IBI since August of 2016. Follow him on Twitter @JohnAlfes for breaking news and in-depth coverage all season long.


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