Indians Game Information June 18
CLEVELAND INDIANS (33-32, 2nd, -1.5) vs. CINCINNATI REDS (38-27)
RHP Derek Lowe (7-5, 3.78) vs. RHP Mat Latos (5-2, 4.64)
First Pitch: 7:05 p.m. (ET) at Progressive Field
Radio: WTAM, Indians Radio Network
20/20 VISION: Indians 2B JASON KIPNIS had 3 hits and a stolen base on Sunday against the Pirates, including a 2-out, solo home run in the first inning…with 11 home runs and 17 stolen bases (17-for-18) overall this season, Kipnis has an opportunity to become just the 2nd second baseman in Indians club history to record a 20-HR/20-steal season, joining Hall-of- Famer ROBERTO ALOMAR, who pulled the trick in 1999 (24 HR, 37 SB) and again in 2001 (20 HR, 30 SB)…Kipnis has now been successful in each of his last 15 consecutive steal attempts dating back to April 24 vs. KC (last CS on April 21 at Oakland).
SEND KIPNIS AND CABRERA TO KC: According to the latest balloting results for the 2012 All-Star Game announced today by Major League Baseball, the Indians keystone combination of 2B JASON KIPNIS and SS ASDRUBAL CABRERA both rank 4th at their respective positions.
INTERLEAGUE PLAY: Cleveland is 4-8 in Interleague Play this season after going 11-7 in 2011…the Indians have gone 25-41 (.379) in Interleague Play since the beginning of the 2009 season, which is the lowest winning pct. in the A.L. in that span and 3rd-lowest in the majors behind Houston (.296, 16-38) and Chicago-NL (.367, 22-38)…club is in midst of 15 straight games vs. N.L. opponents with 9 of those coming on the road…Indians pitchers are 4-for-14 with 7 K’s at the plate (3-for-19, 8 K’s in 2011)…since inception of Interleague Play in ‘97, Cleveland is 133-144 vs. the N.L., going 71-66 at Progressive Field and 62-77 in N.L. ballparks.