Game #8 – Cleveland Indians (3-4) at Kansas City Royals (3-5)

By Matthew Van Wormer

Has your heart slowed down to its normal pace yet? Did you enjoy the extracurricular activities during last night’s game? After building a huge lead and getting hit after hit after hit, the Indians had to play their third extra inning game of the short season, this time coming away with the victory, 11-9 over KC.

Today, the Indians will take the field looking for a series sweep at Kauffman Stadium. Ubaldo Jimenez (0-0, 2.57 ERA) will take the bump for Cleveland, fresh off of his five game suspension. Speaking of suspensions, there is no work yet if Jeanmar Gomez or Jack Hannahan will be punished for their rolls in the bench clearing brawls of last night.

Jimenez will look to keep his hot start going as he was very impressive in his season debut against Toronto. The bullpen, however, let Jimenez down and he was unable to earn a win a week ago. It was the bullpen, and Gomez’s ejection, that hurt the Indians last night. Hopefully we won’t see “Round 3″ of the boxing match during Sunday’s matinee.

Luis Mendoza (0-1, 1.59 ERA) will be throwing for the Royals today. He was the hard-luck-loser in his first start of the season as Kansas City lost a 1-0 contest to the Oakland Athletics. Apparently the Indians offense isn’t the only one that has come to life in the last few days. An increase in run support would go a long way for a pitcher like Mendoza. He can be very dominate, at 6’3” and 240 pounds, Indians hitters will have their hand full.

The Indians clinched their first series win of the season last night and today they will go for the sweep in the first road series of the year before heading to the west coast. A win today would go a long way to build the confidence of the young team that takes the field every day for the Tribe. You can enjoy the action on WKYC-3, Sports Time Ohio or by the voice of Tom Hamilton on the Indians Radio Network at 2:10 local time.

Cleveland Indians Starting Lineup
1. Michael Brantley, CF
2. Asdrubal Cabrera, SS
3. Shin-Soo Choo, RF
4. Travis Hafner, DH
5. Shelley Duncan, LF
6. Casey Kotchman, 1B
7. Jason Kipnis, 2B
8. Jack Hannahan, 3B
9. Lou Marson, C

Kansas City Royals Starting Lineup
1. Alex Gordon, LF
2. Chris Getz, 2B
3. Eric Hosmer, 1B
4. Billy Butler, DH
5. Jeff Francoeur, RF
6. Mike Moustakas, 3B
7. Brayan Pena, C
8. Mitch Maier, CF
9. Alcides Escobar, SS

Photo: Jason Miller/Getty Images

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