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Indians Vs. Royals Starting Lineups: Call-Up Lonnie Chisenhall To Start At DH

Losers of three straight games, the Cleveland Indians are starting to feel the heat as first place in the AL Central looks to be slipping out of their grasp.

But with the last-place Royals in town for a three-game series, it's vital that manager Manny Acta is able to shore up a pitching staff that was absolutely pounded for 35 runs in the weekend sweep with Chicago. Recently called-up starter Josh Tomlin will toe the rubber for the first time in three weeks, and will aim to lower the 4.67 ERA he posted in six appearances (five starts) earlier in the season.

Called up earlier in the afternoon, infielder Lonnie Chisenhall will assume the No. 7 spot in the order and occupy the DH position in his first game back in the bigs. Chisenhall hit seven homers over 66 games with the Indians last year, but will be making his first appearance of 2012 in Monday's game.

Here are the starting lineups for Memorial Day:

Indians
1. Shin-Soo Choo - RF
2. Michael Brantley - CF
3. Jason Kipnis - 2B
4. Jose Lopez - 3B
5. Casey Kotchman - 1B
6. Johnny Damon - LF
7. Lonnie Chisenhall - DH
8. Luke Carlin - C
9. Juan Diaz - SS
Josh Tomlin - SP

Royals
1. Alex Gordon - LF
2. Irving Falu - 2B
3. Billy Butler - DH
4. Mike Moustakas - 3B
5. Jeff Francoeur - RF
6. Eric Hosmer - 1B
7. Brayan Pena - C
8. Jarrod Dyson - CF
9. Alcides Escobar - SS
Nathan Adcock - SP

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