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Series Preview 5/8-5/10: Cleveland Indians vs. Toronto Blue Jays

From a 19-inning affair on Canada Day to an ALCS showdown, the Indians and Blue Jays went through it all last year. Now that Edwin Encarnacion has switched sides, the IBI's John Alfes previews the first matchup between the two clubs in 2017...


The Cleveland Indians (17-13) and Toronto Blue Jays (11-20) open a three-game set at the Rogers Centre for the first time since October 19 when the Tribe punched their ticket to the World Series and won 3-0 in Game 5 of the ALCS. This will also be Edwin Encarnacion's first time playing across the border against his former team after he signed with the Indians on January 5. Cleveland won four of its seven regular season meetings last season and has not lost consecutive contests vs. Toronto since July 3, 2016.

Starting Pitchers

Game 1 (5/8, 7:07 p.m.): RHP Trevor Bauer (2-3, 7.67) vs. RHP Marcus Stroman (2-2, 3.89)

Game 2 (5/9, 7:07 p.m.): RHP Carlos Carrasco (3-2, 2.18) vs. RHP Mike Bolsinger (2017 debut)

Game 3 (5/10, 7:07 p.m.): RHP Danny Salazar (2-3, 4.28) vs. LHP Francisco Liriano (2-2, 4.44)

Monday Lineup - Indians

1B Carlos Santana (.234/.326/.379)

SS Francisco Lindor (.280/.346/.576)

2B Jason Kipnis (.184/.212/.204)

DH Edwin Encarnacion (.217/.349/.377)

3B Jose Ramirez (.300/.378/.536)

CF Lonnie Chisenhall (.264/.298/.472)

LF Yandy Diaz (.236/.295/.255)

RF Abraham Almonte (.236/.353/.347)

C Roberto Perez (.167/.205/.194)

Monday Lineup - Blue Jays

CF Kevin Pillar (.313/.358/.500)

RF Jose Bautista (.174/.297/.261)

DH Kendrys Morales (.246/.292/.434)

1B Justin Smoak (.260/.286/.470)

LF Steve Pearce (.209/.264/.358)

2B Devon Travis (.152/.200/.232)

3B Darwin Barney (.293/.328/.379)

SS Ryan Goins (.190/.257/.333)

C Luke Maile (.000/.167/.000)

Disabled List - Indians

Day-to-Day: OF Michael Brantley (right ankle sprain)

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 - Blue Jays

10-Day: C Russell Martin (left shoulder)

10-Day: RHP Aaron Sanchez (split right fingernail)

10-Day: SS Troy Tulowitzki (strained right hamstring)

10-Day: LHP J.A. Happ (left elbow inflammation)

10-Day: 3B Josh Donaldson (strained right calf)

60-Day: CF Dalton Pompey (concussion)

60-Day: RHP Bo Schultz (torn right UCL)

60-Day: RHP Glenn Sparkman (fractured right thumb)

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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