The Cleveland Indians haven't been able to get a winning streak together, exchanging wins and losses over their last four games, but have a chance to pick up two-straight if they're emboldened by game one against the Detroit Tigers. Ubaldo Jimenez gave up a three-run homer early on, but the Tribe came back from it to secure a 5-3 victory to go up 1-0 in the three-game set.
Now, Zach McAllister will take the mound for the Indians against Doug Fister of the Tigers. McAllister is 1-1 with a 4.34 earned run average, and isn't coming off of a particularly stellar outing. He last faced the Mariners on May 17 and pitched just over five innings of three-run ball, but was handed a no decision for his efforts.
McAllister threw 100 pitches in that outing, with five walks and six strikeouts. It was his second start since being recalled from Triple-A Columbus to replace Josh Tomlin, who is out with a wrist injury.
Fister is 0-2, but boasts a 1.59 earned run average. His last outing was against the Twins, in which he threw six innings of three-run ball, and was given a loss. On the brought side, he's won three-straight games against the Indians, and has a 0.77 ERA in those three wins, while striking out 29 batters over 23 innings.
Detroit trails Cleveland in the AL Central standings, and the Indians could do themselves a solid by winning these earlier matchups between the two. The game is set for 7:05 p.m. eastern.
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