Series Preview 6/23-6/25: Indians vs. Twins

Matchup

The Cleveland Indians (39-32) and Minnesota Twins (36-34) open a three-game set at Progressive Field, their second to last regular season meeting on the corner of Carnegie and Ontario (September 26-28). Since the beginning of their four-game series last weekend, the Tribe has regained control of first place by winning eight of their last nine contests against the likes of the Dodgers, Twins and Orioles. Minnesota is coming off a five-hour rain delay and 9-0 loss to the White Sox on Thursday at Target Field, the longest delay in its 57 years as a franchise. Manager Terry Francona has moved Jose Ramirez to the three hole in his everyday lineup, a slight change that has paid major dividends in the form of an AL Player of the Week award.

Starting Pitchers

Game 1 (6/23, 7:10 p.m.): RHP Trevor Bauer (6-5, 5.54) vs. LHP Adalberto Mejia (1-3, 5.53)

Game 2 (6/24, 4:10 p.m.): RHP Corey Kluber (6-2, 3.58) vs. RHP Kyle Gibson (4-5, 6.56)

Game 3 (6/25, 1:10 p.m.): RHP Josh Tomlin (4-8, 6.07) vs. RHP Ervin Santana (9-4, 2.97)

Projected Lineup – Indians

SS Francisco Lindor (.259/.320/.489)

2B Jason Kipnis (.236/.286/.419)

3B Jose Ramirez (.321/.376/.560)

DH Edwin Encarnacion (.262/.377/.496)

1B Carlos Santana (.226/.330/.391)

CF Austin Jackson (.301/.382/.516)

RF Lonnie Chisenhall (.296/.362/.607)

C Roberto Perez (.174/.245/.239)

LF Daniel Robertson (.211/.277/.329)

Projected Lineup – Twins

2B Brian Dozier (.246/.339/.437)

1B Joe Mauer (.276/.348/.390)

3B Miguel Sano (.286/.386/.571)

RF Max Kepler (.253/.322/.419)

DH Kennys Vargas (.252/.277/.458)

SS Eduardo Escobar (.299/.347/.487)

LF Eddie Rosario (.272/.312/.456)

C Jason Castro (.225/.318/.385)

CF Byron Buxton (.208/.283/.307)

Disabled List – Indians

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

10-Day: RHP Danny Salazar (right shoulder soreness)

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

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

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

Paternity List – Indians

RHP Cody Allen

Disabled List – Twins

10-Day: SS Ehire Adrianza (abdominal issues)

10-Day: LHP Hector Santiago (strained left shoulder)

10-Day: RHP Justin Haley (right shoulder soreness)

10-Day: RHP Phil Hughes (right biceps inflammation)

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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