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Series Preview 5/15-5/17: Cleveland Indians vs. Tampa Bay Rays

After three contests of divisional play, the Cleveland Indians will face AL East competition in search of their second series win this month as they approach the middle stages of May.


The Cleveland Indians (19-17) and Tampa Bay Rays (19-21) open a three-game set at Progressive Field after they each won on Sunday by a margin of five runs or more. The Tribe is riding a five-game winning streak over the Rays dating back to April 13, 2016 when Carlos Carrasco outdueled Drew Smyly in a 4-1 affair. Both clubs have made substantial renovations to their rosters over the past few years as the Indians signed Edwin Encarnacion and the Rays acquired Corey Dickerson, the American League leader in hits with 49. Manager Kevin Cash returns to Cleveland after spending two years as the bullpen coach under Terry Francona in 2013 and 2014.

Starting Pitchers

Game 1 (5/15, 6:10 p.m.): RHP Carlos Carrasco (4-2, 1.86) vs. RHP Chris Archer (3-1, 3.04)

Game 2 (5/16, 6:10 p.m.): RHP Danny Salazar (2-3, 5.20) vs. RHP Jake Odorizzi (2-2, 2.61)

Game 3 (5/17, 12:10 p.m.): RHP Josh Tomlin (2-4, 5.87) vs. RHP Alex Cobb (3-3, 3.65)

Projected Lineup - Indians

2B Jason Kipnis (.197/.215/.303)

SS Francisco Lindor (.282/.346/.542)

LF Michael Brantley (.288/.347/.459)

DH Edwin Encarnacion (.206/.353/.341)

1B Carlos Santana (.228/.329/.400)

3B Jose Ramirez (.280/.353/.477)

CF Lonnie Chisenhall (.275/.338/.507)

C Yan Gomes (.240/.345/.387)

RF Abraham Almonte (.214/.320/.310)

Projected Lineup - Rays

LF Corey Dickerson (.340/.387/.576)

2B Brad Miller (.188/.335/.305)

3B Evan Longoria (.242/.314/.409)

1B Logan Morrison (.242/.326/.516)

DH Rickie Weeks Jr. (.213/.322/.360)

RF Colby Rasmus (.276/.382/.690)

SS Tim Beckham (.267/.301/.452)

CF Kevin Kiermaier (.226/.315/.315)

C Derek Norris (.220/.286/.310)

Disabled List - Indians

10-Day: OF Brandon Guyer (left wrist 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 - Rays

10-Day: RHP Tommy Hunter (right calf strain)

10-Day: LHP Xavier Cedeno (left forearm tightness)

60-Day: RHP Brad Boxberger (lat strain)

10-Day: 3B Matt Duffy (left achilles surgery)

60-Day: C Wilson Ramos (right knee surgery)

60-Day: RHP Shawn Tolleson (right flexor strain)

60-Day: RHP Kevin Gadea (right elbow tendinitis)

60-Day: RHP Nathan Eovaldi (right elbow surgery)

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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