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Game #143: Cleveland Indians (59-83) at Texas Rangers (84-57)

By Mike Brandyberry

Only 20 games left.

At the beginning of the season the September schedule looked to be full of interesting matchups that could help the Indians with a playoff push, or matchup with potential playoff foe.

Instead, the Indians are playing out the string, counting the days until October 3 and the end of the season.

Only 20 games left.

Last night, the Indians were again tough to watch when Ubaldo Jimenez uncorked two wild pitches, Jason Donald made two errors—and could have been charged with a third—en route to a 6-4 defeat at the hands of the Texas Rangers. The Rangers hold just a three game lead over the Oakland Athletics in the American League Western Division. The Indians, meanwhile, kept pace with the Minnesota Twins for the worst record in the AL.

Indians General Manager Chris Antonetti, who has publicly supported Manager Manny Acta, has joined the team in Texas to watch the series. Let the speculation begin concerning the job security of Acta and his team who has lost 22 of its last 26 road games.

Tonight Jeanmar Gomez (5-7, 5.33 ERA) will toe the rubber for another start in place of Roberto Hernandez. He beat the Rangers on September 1, allowing three runs in 5 2/3 innings in a 4-3 Tribe victory. He did allow home runs to David Murphy and Geovany Soto in the start. He did allow four runs in three innings of work against the Twins last weekend. He earned a no decision in the Indians’ 7-6 win.

The Rangers will counter with Ryan Dempster (10-6, 2.87 ERA). The trade deadline acquisition from the Chicago Cubs has pitched well since arriving in Texas and discovering his newfound run support. He’s had an ERA of 1.73 in his last four starts and defeated the Kansas City Royals on September 5, allowing two runs over six innings of work.

Cleveland released their 2013 schedule earlier today. The Tribe opens north of the border in Toronto on April 2 to start the 2013 campaign and open Progressive Field when they host the New York Yankees on April 8.

In the meantime, the Indians have to finish the 2012 season. Tonight’s game can be seen on SportsTime Ohio and heard on WTAM 1100-AM, beginning at 8:05 pm ET.

Only 20 games left.

Cleveland Indians Starting Lineup
1. Shin-Soo Choo, RF
2. Jason Kipnis, 2B
3. Carlos Santana, C
4. Michael Brantley, CF
5. Russ Canzler, DH
6. Lonnie Chisenhall, 3B
7. Casey Kotchman, 1B
8. Brent Lillibridge, SS
9. Ezequiel Carrera, LF

Texas Rangers Starting Lineup
1. Ian Kinsler, 2B
2. Elvis Andrus, SS
3. Josh Hamilton, CF
4. Adrian Beltre, 3B
5. Nelson Cruz, RF
6. Michael Young, DH
7. David Murphy, LF
8. Geovany Soto, C
9. Mitch Moreland, 1B

Photo: Getty Images

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