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Series Preview 4/21-4/23: Cleveland Indians vs. Chicago White Sox

Manager Terry Francona and the Indians will play at the newly named Guaranteed Rate Field for the first time this weekend in hopes to sustain their strong start to a six-game road trip.

Matchup

The Cleveland Indians (8-7) and Chicago White Sox (7-7) open a three-game series as part of a tight AL Central race where all five teams are within one game of each other. The Tribe lost two out of three contests to their divisional foe from 4/11-4/13 before recently going on a three-game winning streak over the past four days. Headlining the weekend set is the 2017 debut of 2B Jason Kipnis (right shoulder inflammation) and the return of 3B Todd Frazier (illness) from a four-game absence. Both clubs are 5-4 in divisional battles this season.

Starting Pitchers

Game 1 (4/21, 8:10 p.m.): RHP Corey Kluber (1-1, 6.38) vs. LHP Jose Quintana (0-3, 6.75)

Game 2 (4/22, 7:10 p.m.): RHP Carlos Carrasco (1-1, 2.33) vs. RHP James Shields (1-0, 1.62)

Game 3 (4/23, 2:10 p.m.): RHP Danny Salazar (1-1, 3.57) vs. LHP Derek Holland (1-2, 2.16)

Friday Lineup - Indians

1B Carlos Santana (.254/.315/.433)

SS Francisco Lindor (.328/.400/.639)

LF Michael Brantley (.286/.375/.469)

DH Edwin Encarnacion (.218/.358/.345)

3B Jose Ramirez (.345/.415/.618)

2B Jason Kipnis (2017 debut)

RF Brandon Guyer (.158/.238/.158)

CF Austin Jackson (.222/.364/.333)

C Yan Gomes (.143/.231/.257)

Friday Lineup - White Sox

SS Tim Anderson (.164/.179/.236)

LF Melky Cabrera (.262/.326/.357)

1B Jose Abreu (.200/.241/.255)

3B Todd Frazier (.111/.226/.259)

RF Avisail Garcia (.423/.483/.654)

DH Cody Asche (.069/.156/.069)

2B Yolmer Sanchez (.296/.296/.519)

C Omar Narvaez (.143/.217/.143)

CF Jacob May (.000/.077/.000)

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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