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Series Preview 5/12-5/14: Cleveland Indians vs. Minnesota Twins

The Indians will return to Progressive Field and begin a six-game homestand following a nine-game road trip in which they finished 4-5 against Detroit, Kansas City and Toronto.


The Cleveland Indians (18-15) and Minnesota Twins (16-14) open a three-game set at Progressive Field for the first time since August 29-31, 2016. Manager Terry Francona and company claimed a series sweep in the mid-April series between the two clubs as they now find themselves in a tight battle atop the AL Central ladder. The Twins are still deciding between Nick Tepesch or Jose Berrios for Saturday's start thanks to a rainout this past Wednesday. The Tribe could make a number of roster moves on Friday depending on the injury statuses of Austin Jackson (hyperextended left big toe) and Abraham Almonte (right shoulder).

Starting Pitchers

Game 1 (5/12, 7:10 p.m.): RHP Josh Tomlin (2-3, 7.12) vs. RHP Ervin Santana (5-1, 1.72)

Game 2 (5/13, 4:10 p.m.): RHP Mike Clevinger (1-0, 0.00) vs. RHP Jose Berrios (2017 debut)

Game 3 (5/14, 1:10 p.m.): RHP Trevor Bauer (2-4, 7.36) vs. LHP Hector Santiago (4-1, 2.76)

Projected Lineup - Indians

1B Carlos Santana (.230/.329/.378)

SS Francisco Lindor (.288/.347/.561)

LF Michael Brantley (.283/.343/.475)

DH Edwin Encarnacion (.226/.371/.374)

3B Jose Ramirez (.298/.374/.512)

2B Jason Kipnis (.175/.197/.206)

CF Lonnie Chisenhall (.279/.318/.492)

C Yan Gomes (.246/.350/.406)

RF Yandy Diaz (.203/.268/.219)

Projected Lineup - Twins

2B Brian Dozier (.229/.325/.390)

RF Max Kepler (.247/.345/.392)

3B Miguel Sano (.300/.431/.640)

1B Joe Mauer (.248/.309/.356)

DH Kennys Vargas (.282/.310/.615)

SS Jorge Polanco (.262/.322/.359)

LF Eddie Rosario (.290/.313/.430)

C Jason Castro (.192/.308/.346)

CF Byron Buxton (.188/.274/.282)

Disabled List - Indians

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

Day-to-Day: OF Abraham Almonte (right shoulder)

Day-to-Day: OF Lonnie Chisenhall (sore left index finger)

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 - Twins

60-Day: LHP Glen Perkins (recovering from left shoulder surgery)

60-Day: LHP Ryan O'Rourke (strained left forearm)

60-Day: RHP Trevor May (torn right UCL)

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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