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Series Preview 5/26-5/28: Cleveland Indians vs. Kansas City Royals

The Tribe returns to divisional play amidst their eight-game homestand as they battle manager Ned Yost and the Royals in a weekend series.

Matchup

The Cleveland Indians (24-21) and Kansas City Royals (19-27) open a three-game set at Progressive Field this weekend, their second meeting of the campaign. Manager Terry Francona has dealt with a bevy of injuries over the last few weeks while the Royals are in search of offensive production from anywhere outside the middle of their batting order. The Tribe won two of three contests in Kansas City from May 5-7 and comes in with a 10-11 record in the month of May. Left-handed pitching is holding the Indians to a .226/.316/.371 slash line, averages that dip below their .250/.325/.435 slash line vs. right-handed pitching. 

Starting Pitchers

Game 1 (5/26, 7:10 p.m.): RHP Mike Clevinger (2-1, 1.56) vs. RHP Ian Kennedy (0-4, 4.06)

Game 2 (5/27, 4:10 p.m.): RHP Danny Salazar (3-4, 5.55) vs. LHP Jason Vargas (5-3, 2.30)

Game 3 (5/28, 1:10 p.m.): RHP Josh Tomlin (2-6, 6.70) vs. LHP Danny Duffy (4-3, 2.92)

Projected Lineup - Indians

2B Jason Kipnis (.226/.256/.374)

SS Francisco Lindor (.274/.337/.525)

LF Michael Brantley (.290/.364/.455)

1B Carlos Santana (.230/.332/.410)

DH Edwin Encarnacion (.217/.345/.410)

3B Jose Ramirez (.265/.335/.451)

C Yan Gomes (.253/.339/.455)

CF Bradley Zimmer (.286/.400/.476)

RF Daniel Robertson (.231/.333/.385)

Projected Lineup - Royals

SS Alcides Escobar (.180/.211/.233)

3B Mike Moustakas (.244/.279/.482)

CF Lorenzo Cain (.259/.353/.358)

1B Eric Hosmer (.295/.359/.415)

C Salvador Perez (.280/.318/.528)

RF Jorge Bonifacio (.258/.316/.472)

DH Brandon Moss (.196/.263/.449)

2B Whit Merrifield (.259/.308/.426)

LF Alex Gordon (.179/.294/.214)

Disabled List - Indians

7-Day: OF Lonnie Chisenhall (concussion)

10-Day: OF Abraham Almonte (strained right biceps)

10-Day: OF Brandon Guyer (left wrist sprain)

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

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

Disabled List - Royals

10-Day: RHP Nate Karns (nerve irritation, right arm)

10-Day: LHP Scott Alexander (strained right hamstring)

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

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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