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CLEVELAND INDIANS (11-5-0) vs. TEXAS RANGERS (6-7-2)
RHP Brett Myers (1-1, 3.60) vs. LHP Robbie Ross (1-0, 3.00)
TV: N/A Radio: WMMS/Indians Radio Network
GUESTS OF HONOR: Today the Indians will welcome to Goodyear United States Marines and Navy Corpsman from Camp Pendleton and the Naval Regional Medical Center in San Diego, California…All of these servicemen have been awarded the Purple Heart for injuries sustained in combat…These Marines and Corpsman are representative of the thousands of Marines that have been injured in both Iraq and Afghanistan since the war began in March of 2003…the Marines that are present were offered an opportunity by Strikeouts For Troops, founded by San Francisco Giants pitcher Barry Zito and supported by professional baseball players
throughout MLB, including Nick Swisher…Strikeouts For Troops works with the Marine Corps League to get these Marines out of the hospital and rehabilitation facilities to enjoy spring training in the hopes of lifting spirits & morale that aids in the healing process.
SATURDAY’S RECAP: With Chicago-native Jim Belushi in attendance, the Indians defeated the Chicago Cubs at HoHoKam Stadium for the second time in 6 days by a score of 9-2 yesterday in Mesa…Cleveland has now won 5 straight games to match a spring-high, improving to 11-5 in Cactus League play…JASON KIPNIS and CEDRIC HUNTER both connected for their first home runs of the spring; Hunter’s 3-run blast came during the Tribe’s pivotal 5-run sixth inning, as the out elder led both team’s with 3 hits on the day…MICHAEL BOURN, LONNIE CHISENHALL and JUAN DIAZ also drove in runs for the Tribe…ZACH McALLISTER earned the win after tossing 4.0 scoreless frames (3 H, 0 BB, 3 SO) in relief of starter DAVID HUFF (3.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R-ER, 0 BB, 3 SO, 1 HR)…MATT ALBERS and JOE MARTINEZ each chipped in 1.0 scoreless IP out of the ‘pen.
TEXAS TWO-STEP: The Indians welcome the Texas Rangers to Goodyear today for their final matchup of the 2013 Cactus League season…the Indians lost to the Texas Rangers 10-0 on February 28 in Surprise…the Tribe was 0-2-1 against Ron Washington’s club last spring and has gone 2-7-1 with one rainout (March 7, 2010) against Texas since joining the Cactus League circuit in 2009…the Wahoos were 4-5 against Texas last season and will play them 6 times this year with 3 contests in Arlington (July 26-28) and 3 at the corner of Carnegie and Ontario (June 10-12).
CLEVELAND INDIANS (55-77, 4th, -17.5G) vs. TEXAS RANGERS (78-53)
RHP Jeanmar Gomez (4-7, 5.11) vs. RHP Scott Feldman (6-10, 4.95)
First Pitch: 7:05 p.m. (ET)
TV: STO Radio: WTAM/Indians Radio Network
POSITIVELY 4TH STREET: The four-run threshold has emerged as somewhat of a benchmark for the Indians this season, as the Indians are 41-25 when plating at least 4 runs in 2012…conversely, Cleveland is 14-52 when being held to 3-or-fewer runs…Tribe has scored 3 runs-or-less in 10 of the club’s last 12 games.
LATE LAUNCHES: CASEY KOTCHMAN connected for a 2-run HR in last night’s loss…the blast marked the 13th home run hit by Cleveland in the 9th inning this season, T3rd-most in the A.L. and majors behind Toronto (17), and New York-AL (14)…that said, the Indians are just 3-9 this season when hitting at least one 9th-inning home run.
GOTTA HAVE A FIDDLE IN THE BAND: The Clevelanders are playing host to the Texas Rangers for 3 games this weekend, first meeting between the two clubs in nearly 4 months since Tribe took 2 of 3 tilts from May 4-6 here at Progressive Field…tonight marks the 2nd of 6 scheduled games between the Indians and Rangers over the next 14 days…Cleveland went 1-9 vs. Texas in 2011.
Pre-game news and notes:
*Johnny Damon made the flight from Arizona to Chicago last night and joined the team this afternoon in Chicago. He was nice enough to meet with our local writers shortly after his arrival to the clubhouse – he also did pre-game interviews with Matt Underwood for tonight’s telecast on STO and Jim Rosenhaus for the Indians Radio Network.
*During his pre-game sit-down with the writers, Manny mentioned that Johnny is not in tonight’s lineup because he wanted to give him a day to acclimate himself to his new teammates, meet with coaches and staff members and go through a round of game day preparation. He is available off the bench tonight. Manny also told the writers that he intends to use Johnny in the lead-off spot when he plays, citing his 2,723 career hits and .353 lifetime on-base pct.
*Shin-Soo Choo (tightness in left hamstring) is not in tonight’s starting lineup, but did do some running in the outfield. Manny mentioned that he was scheduled to run the bases, but that plan got scrapped because the tarp is still on the field. He is also available off the bench tonight depending on the game situation.
CLEVELAND INDIANS (5-4) at SEATTLE MARINERS (6-6)
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
* 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.