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Friday's Indians/Tigers lineups and pre-game notes

By Stephanie Storm Published: June 20, 2014

The Indians host the division-rival Tigers tonight for the first game of a three-game series this weekend at Progressive Field. Here are tonight’s lineups and pregame notes:

LINEUPS:

INDIANS (37-36)

Michael Bourn CF

Asdrubal Cabrera SS

Jason Kipnis 2B

Carlos Santana 1B

Lonnie Chisenhall 3B

Nick Swisher DH

David Murphy RF

Yan Gomes C

Mike Aviles LF

TIGERS (37-32)

Ian Kinsler 2B

Austin Jackson CF

Miguel Cabrera 1B

Victor Martinez DH

J.D. Martinez LF

Nick Castellanos 3B

Don Kelly RF

Bryan Holaday C

Eugenio Suarez SS

NOTES:

* My, how the mighty have fallen over the last month. The last time the Detroit Tigers made their way to Cleveland May 19, they were 27-12 with a seven-game lead in the American League Central Division, fresh off a sweep of the host Boston Red Sox s part of a six-game winning streak.

At the same time, the last-place Indians were reeling, coming off an embarrassing weekend sweep by the visiting Oakland A’s. But out of nowhere, the Tribe went on to sweep the Tigers in the three-game series – a shock that still reverberates today as the Tigers return to Progressive Field having gone 10-21 since the Indians sparked their downward spiral.

Over that span, the Tribe has gone 18-11 and the red-hot Royals 17-11as they’ve taken over the division lead.

* Indians first baseman/designated hitter Nick Swisher entered his last at-bat in Thursday’s game against the visiting Angels mired in a 2-for-24 slump with 10 strikeouts in since coming off the disabled list June 12. Down to his last strike against the Angels closer with two outs in the ninth inning, Swisher belted a grand slam that flipped a possible 3-1 loss into a raucous 5-3 victory.

For as much as Swisher has struggled over the last eight games, two of his three hits are extra-inning, game-winning homers.

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