Indians Game Information for Monday, June 25
CLEVELAND INDIANS (37-34, 2nd, -0.5 G) vs. NEW YORK YANKEES (43-28)
RHP Josh Tomlin (3-4, 5.12) vs. RHP Hiroki Kuroda (6-7, 3.57)
First Pitch: 7:05 p.m. (ET) at Yankee Stadium
Radio: WTAM, Indians Radio Network
BACK TO THE BRONX: The Indians are set to face the Yankees for the first time this season in what amounts to the first installment of a home-and-home series, as the Bronx Bombers are scheduled to visit Progressive Field for a 3-game weekened set Aug. 24-26…New York-AL held a slim 4-3 edge in the 2011 season series, although Cleveland has won 3 of the last 4 meetings…the Indians have gone 4-8 at new Yankee Stadium since this venue opened to start the 2009 campaign.
MONDAY, MONDAY: The Indians are 18-6 in series openers this season (8-3 on the road), winning 3 straight, 7 of 8 and 13 of the last 16 lid-lifters.
START ME UP: Over the last turn through the rotation (5 games), Cleveland starters have posted a 2.34 ERA (9 ER/34.2 IP) to drop the staff’s season figure from 4.70 to 4.50, still 10th in the A.L…the Indians rotation also has a 3.68 ERA (38 ER/93.0 IP) over the club’s last 15 games beginning June 8, 5th-lowest in the A.L. and 12th in the majors during that span, to fall from 4.73 – starters have just a 4-8 record over that span however, receiving 3.77 runs-of-support/9.0 IP…rotation-mates JOSH TOMLIN, JUSTIN MASTERSON & UBALDO JIMENEZ have combined to allow just 2 runs across 22.1 innings (13 H, 2 R-1 ER, 0.40 ERA) in their last 3 starts…Tomlin has beaten the Yankees in 2 of his 3 career starts against them, but will be looking for his first win here in the Bronx.