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Carlos Carrasco makes a big start for the Akron Aeros on Friday night.
The Cleveland Indians have decided to move Jeanmar Gomez to the bullpen and shift David Huff into the starting rotation, according to manager Manny Acta. The news comes via Paul Hoynes of The Plain Dealer, who provides some interesting quotes from Acta as well:
"Originally, that was our plan -- to start Huff," Acta said. "But then Roberto Hernandez got hurt and we needed Gomez to replace him in the rotation. We really haven't thought of Huff as a reliever at all," Acta said. "When we recalled him, he wasn't coming here to do that much pitching. We wanted him to work on his mechanics with [pitching coach] Ruben [Niebla]."
Huff, a 28-year-old former first-round pick of the Indians, has posted a 5.37 career ERA and a 16-25 record over the course of his four years in the major leagues (264.2 innings). Huff will make his first start this season on Tuesday against the Minnesota Twins.
The game was up and down for much of the night. Matt LaPorta added a two run shot in the sixth inning, which for a while, appeared to be the difference maker. He finished the night 3-for-5.
Zach McAllister allowed just one run through six innings for Cleveland on a Michael Young fourth-inning single. Meanwhile, the Rangers' Derek Holland allowed two runs through eight innings off LaPorta's two-run homer.
The game remained tied until the bottom of the eighth, when Jack Hannahan's error advanced the runners, causing Elvis Andrus to score. For a while, it looked as though the nail in the coffin was going to come in the form of Michael Young again, who singled to shallow center in the bottom of the eighth, putting the Rangers ahead. However, the Indians managed to prevail.
Cleveland now return home for a three game stand against the Detroit Lions, who took two games from the Chicago White Sox before being rained out tonight. The Lions will be rested and well prepared for Friday night's game -- a matchup scheduled to feature Anibal Sanchez against Detroit's Corey Kluber.
The Cleveland Indians will try to snap a five game losing streak and avoid being swept by the the Texas Rangers Thursday night. The Indians lost the first two games of the series, 6-4 and 5-2. Zach McAllister (5-7, 4.31 ERA) is on the mound for the Indians, facing Derek Holland (10-6, 4.59 ERA) for the Rangers. Complete lineups are below.
The Indians lineup:
1. Brent Lillibridge (R) SS
2. Jason Kipnis (L) 2B
3. Carlos Santana (S) DH
4. Michael Brantley (L) CF
5. Vinny Rottino (R) LF
6. Matt LaPorta (R) 1B
7. Thomas Neal (R) RF
8. Lou Marson (R) C
9. Jack Hannahan (L) 3B
The Rangers lineup:
1. Ian Kinsler (R) DH
2. Elvis Andrus (R) SS
3. David Murphy (L) LF
4. Nelson Cruz (R) RF
5. Michael Young (R) 3B
6. Mitch Moreland (L) 1B
7. Geovany Soto (R) C
8. Leonys Martin (L) CF
9. Jurickson Profar (S) 2B
First pitch is scheduled for 8:05 p.m. ET.
DH Travis Hafner (back) has been hitting and doing core/cardio work. Will likely take BP with team when it returns home.— Jordan Bastian (@MLBastian) September 12, 2012
Hafner missed over a month earlier this year with a torn meniscus and has only appeared in 60 games this season, going .239 with 11 home runs and an .808 OPS.
The Indians are also making progress with other injured players. Roberto Hernandez (formerly known as Fausto Carmona) is throwing long tosses this week and is scheduled to throw off the mound next week as he comes back from an ankle injury. Relief pitcher Rafael Perez, who has been on the DL since April 26, is scheduled to throw a simulated game when the Indians return to Cleveland on Friday.
The Cleveland Indians lost the second game of a three-game series with the Texas Rangers, 5-2, on Wednesday. The Rangers jumped out to an early lead, as a first-inning fielder's choice from Josh Hamilton plated Ian Kinsler. Adrian Beltre followed with a two-run home run, giving the Rangers a 3-0 lead after one inning. Hamilton added a solo shot in the third to extend the lead to four runs. Cleveland got on the board via a Casey Kotchman fielder's choice in the fourth and added another run in the fifth via a Carlos Santana sacrifice fly, but the Indians could not get another run across home plate.
Cleveland starter Jeanmar Gomez took the loss after giving up five runs and six hits in just four innings of work. The loss drops Gomez to 5-8 on the season. Ryan Dempster got the win for Texas, after scattering seven hits over 7 innings.
The two teams return to action tomorrow at 8:05 p.m. ET.
On Tuesday night, Adrian Beltre led the Rangers past the Cleveland, belting his 31st homer of the season, in a 6-4 Rangers win.
Now on Wednesday, Jeanmar Gomez is tasked with quieting Texas' bats, as the Indians look to even the series at a game a piece.
Gomez is 5-7 on the season through 82 and 2/3 innings. Gomez carries a 5.33 ERA and 1.37 WHIP into the contest, and has limited opponents to a .261 average against. Gomez beat the Rangers back on Sept. 1, pitching five and 2/3 innings and giving up three runs on four hits.
Both managers have announced the starting lineups for Wednesday's contest, and they are as follows:
SP Jeanmar Gomez
First pitch is scheduled for 8:05 p.m. ET from Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. Televised coverage can be found on SportsTime Ohio.
Asdrubal Cabrera has been out of the Indians' lineup for the last several games, and it looks as if he's set to miss the three-game set between the Indians and Rangers. Indians' manager Manny Acta had the following to say on Monday via Ohio.com:
He had X-rays yesterday. He also got checked by their (Twins) team doctor and everything looked normal. We’ll give him another day and see. I’m not putting him out there until he’s ready.
Cabrera is hitting .267 on the season with 14 homeruns, and he's been replaced in the lineup for the last three games by Brent Lillibridge. Lillibridge is batting a modest .194 on the season where he's been a part of three different clubs, and he's only managed three homeruns.
While unlikely to play, Acta has said that Cabrera could be used as a defensive replacement in this series should the need arise. The Rangers won the first game of the series 6-4 on Tuesday.
The Rangers tagged Cleveland starter Ubaldo Jimenez (9-16) with four runs in the second inning and eventually the loss, although Jimenez didn't get much help in the field. Two errors in the second inning helped the Texas rally as Matt Young and Ian Kinsler both knocked in runs.
The Indians tried to rally and scored two in the eighth inning after Casey Kotchman singled home a run but that would be as close as Cleveland would come to catching the AL West leaders. Left-hander Matt Harrison (16-9) earned the win for Texas after giving up five hits and two runs in five and two-thirds innings on the mound.
The two teams resume their series on Wednesday at 8:05 p.m. ET as the Indians will try to snap their current four-game losing streak.
Lineups for Tuesday night's Indians vs. Rangers game: Jimenez vs. Harrison.