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Series Preview 5/1-5/4: Cleveland Indians vs. Detroit Tigers

The Tribe will clash with their divisional rival at Comerica Park to start the month of May in hopes they can rebound from a series loss just three weeks ago.


The Cleveland Indians (14-10) and Detroit Tigers (12-12) open a four-game set on Monday, the second series between the two likely AL Central front-runners this season. Since their first trio of meetings, the Tribe has gone 9-3 without allowing more than six runs in a contest. Cody Allen has struck out half of the batters (20-of-40) he's faced this year while Andrew Miller has yet to allow a run through 10.1 innings of work. An injury-riddled lineup has put a dent in manager Brad Ausmus' early-season plans as he continues to employ a batting lineup without Miguel Cabrera and J.D. Martinez. Following the series, the two teams will not meet again until June 30 at Comerica Park.

Starting Pitchers

Game 1 (5/1, 7:10 p.m.): RHP Trevor Bauer (2-2, 6.26) vs. LHP Daniel Norris (1-2, 4.71)

Game 2 (5/2, 7:10 p.m.): RHP Corey Kluber (3-1, 4.19) vs. RHP Justin Verlander (1-2, 4.60)

Game 3 (5/3, 7:10 p.m.): RHP Carlos Carrasco (2-2, 2.04) vs. LHP Matthew Boyd (2-1, 3.86)

Game 4 (5/4, 1:10 p.m.): RHP Danny Salazar (2-2, 4.34) vs. RHP Michael Fulmer (2-2, 3.19)

Friday Lineup - Indians

1B Carlos Santana (.224/.327/.367)

SS Francisco Lindor (.309/.380/.638)

LF Michael Brantley (.308/.365/.551)

DH Edwin Encarnacion (.200/.343/.353)

3B Jose Ramirez (.330/.388/.593)

RF Brandon Guyer (.147/.194/.235)

CF Austin Jackson (.267/.353/.500)

C Roberto Perez (.200/.219/.233)

2B Michael Martinez (.200/.333/.400)

Friday Lineup - Tigers

2B Ian Kinsler (.207/.330/.356)

CF Tyler Collins (.292/.343/.385)

3B Nicholas Castellanos (.245/.315/.459)

DH Victor Martinez (.218/.281/.276)

LF Justin Upton (.290/.402/.565)

1B Alex Avila (.405/.511/.784)

RF Jim Adduci (.400/.455/.650)

C James McCann (.164/.277/.436)

SS Jose Iglesias (.233/.258/.383)

Disabled List - Indians

60-Day: RHP Cody Anderson (right elbow surgery)

Disabled List - Tigers

10-Day: 1B Miguel Cabrera (right groin strain)

10-Day: RF J.D. Martinez (sprained ligament, right foot)

10-Day: CF JaCoby Jones (lip laceration)

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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