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Series Preview 5/5-5/7: Cleveland Indians vs. Kansas City Royals

The AL Central front-runners and bottom dwellers meet for the first time as part of a three-game divisional set this weekend. The IBI's John Alfes previews the Tribe's second series of May...


The Cleveland Indians (15-12) and Kansas City Royals (9-18) open a three-game set from Kauffman Stadium this weekend. Manager Terry Francona and company hope to replicate their 2016 success against the divisional foe as they are riding a five-game winning streak in contests played in Kansas City and eight-game winning streak in the overall matchup dating back to July 19. The Royals are looking for any source of momentum as they have not won a series since April 16 when they swept the Angels. Kansas City has dropped 11 of its last 13 games, seven of which have come against AL Central competition.

Starting Pitchers

Game 1 (5/5, 8:15 p.m.): RHP Danny Salazar (2-2, 4.34) vs. RHP Jason Hammel (0-3, 6.65)

Game 2 (5/6, 4:15 p.m.): RHP Josh Tomlin (2-3, 8.87) vs. LHP Jason Vargas (4-1, 1.42)

Game 3 (5/7, 2:15 p.m.): RHP Mike Clevinger (2017 debut) vs. LHP Danny Duffy (2-2, 3.89)

Friday Lineup - Indians

1B Carlos Santana (.216/.320/.342)

SS Francisco Lindor (.302/.372/.604)

LF Michael Brantley (.295/.361/.511)

DH Edwin Encarnacion (.198/.333/.333)

3B Jose Ramirez (.323/.400/.586)

2B Jason Kipnis (.132/.171/.132)

CF Lonnie Chisenhall (.298/.333/.532)

RF Abraham Almonte (.262/.377/.385)

C Roberto Perez (.176/.194/.206)

Friday Lineup - Royals

2B Whit Merrifield (.222/.294/.400)

3B Mike Moustakas (.268/.297/.536)

CF Lorenzo Cain (.266/.384/.372)

1B Eric Hosmer (.252/.304/.340)

C Salvador Perez (.240/.257/.469)

LF Alex Gordon (.188/.284/.240)

RF Jorge Bonifacio (.237/.310/.395)

DH Brandon Moss (.167/.253/.348)

SS Alcides Escobar (.189/.222/.253)

Disabled List - Indians

10-Day: RHP Corey Kluber (lower back strain)

10-Day: OF Austin Jackson (hyperextended left big toe)

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

Disabled List - Royals

10-Day: RHP Ian Kennedy (strained right hamstring)

10-Day: 3B Hunter Dozier (left oblique strain)

10-Day: LF Jorge Soler (strained left oblique)

60-Day: LHP Brian Flynn (stable lumbar vertebral fracture)

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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