Indians Game Information May 29
CLEVELAND INDIANS (27-21, 1st, +0.5) vs. KANSAS CITY ROYALS (19-28)
RHP Justin Masterson (2-3, 4.62) vs. LHP Will Smith (0-1, 13.50)
First Pitch: 7:05 p.m. (ET) at Progressive Field
Radio: WTAM, Indians Radio Network
*Cleveland holds a 5-2 edge over Kansas City this season, as the Tribe entered 2012 with 8 consec. winning seasons against the Royals (club is 92-61 vs. KC since start of 2004)…with a 14-10 (.583) record against the A.L. Central, Cleveland is tied with Baltimore (14- 10 vs. A.L. East) for the A.L.’s best record within a club’s own division and T5th-best record in baseball in divisional play behind the Nationals (.733, 11-4) and Mets (.636, 14-8) in the N.L. East, the Dodgers in the N.L. West (.695, 16-7) and the Cardinals in the N.L. Central (.586, 17-12).
*LONNIE CHISENHALL picked up 2 hits and homered in the first plate appearance of his first game of 2012 with the Indians yesterday after being recalled from Triple-A Columbus…dating back to Sept. of 2011, the 23-year-old is batting .325 (25-77) with 15 RBI over his last 20 games with Cleveland, posting multi-hit efforts in 4 of his last 6 in an Indians uniform.
*After an idle weekend in Chicago, Indians closer CHRIS PEREZ notched his major league-leading 17th save last night…all 17 door slams have come in consecutive save opportunities to set a new career-best for Perez, as his previous high of 16 straight had been done twice previously from Aug. 12, 2010-April 20, 2011 and again May 1-July 15, 2011…he has held opponents scoreless in 7 straight and 19 of his last 21 games beginning April 7, posting a 1.37 ERA (3 ER/19.2 IP) and .151 (11-73) opponents’ average in that span (20 strikeouts/5 walks).