Indians Game Information for April 18

RHP Derek Lowe (2-0, 1.98) vs. LHP Jason Vargas (1-1, 3.44)
First Pitch: 10:10 p.m. (ET) at Safeco Field
TV: SportsTime Ohio
Radio: WMMS, Indians Radio Network
Series Notes:
* The Indians have won a season-high 4 straight games to improve to 4-0 on the road this year, matching Texas for the longest winning streak on the road this season (Rangers are also 4-0 entering their game tonight at Fenway Park against the Red Sox)…Cleveland also won 4 straight road games to begin the 2011 campaign…on the current 4-game streak, the club is batting .333 (53-159) with 21 extra-base hits (11-2B, 2-3B, 8-HR) and a .989 OPS (.410/.579)…the Indians enter tonight’s game looking to start a season 5-0 on the road for the first time since 1998 when the club won its first 6 games away from Cleveland.
* With last night’s 7-run rally in the 5th, the Cleveland offense has now posted at least one inning of 5+ runs in 4 consecutive games, the first such streak of its kind for the Indians since a 4-game streak from May 27-30, 1921.
* The Indians have now plated 8-or-more runs in each of their first 4 road games to start the year, the longest such season-opening streak in franchise history and longest in the majors since the New York Yankees pulled the trick in 4 straight to start the 2003 campaign…according to Matt Benson of STATS LLC, the last team to score 8-or-more runs in each of its first 5 road games to start the year was the 1896 Pittsburgh Pirates (6 straight)…that’s not a typo-o, we have a chance to do something tonight that hasn’t been done since Henry Ford invented the Quadricycle (see: “The Horseless Carriage”).
* Cleveland has homered in 9 straight games to begin the 2012 season, the longest such streak in the majors since the Texas Rangers homered in each of their first 10 games in 2009…the Indians’ current 9-game streak is tied for the 2nd-longest streak in Cleveland franchise history dating back to at least 1918, trailing only a 14-gamer to open the 2002 season…no easy feat to keep a streak like that going here at spacious Safeco Field.

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