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Game No.1 preview: Indians@Rangers

By jcfortun Published: April 6, 2009

 






















































































































Game No. 1:
Cleveland Indians (0-0) At Texas Rangers (0-0)

2:05 p.m. (ET)
The Ballpark in Arlington
Arlington, Texas

STARTING LINEUP


1.
Grady Sizemore
24
L
CF
 
1.
Ian Kinsler
5
R
2B
2.
Mark DeRosa
 7
R
3B
2.
Michael Young
10
R
3B
3.
Victor Martinez
 41
S
1B
3.
Josh Hamilton
32
L
CF
4.
Travis Hafner
 48
L
DH
4.
Nelson Cruz
17
R
RF
5.
Jhonny Peralta
 2
R
SS
5.
Hank Blalock
9
L
DH
6.
Shin-Soo Choo
17
L
RF
6.
Marlon Byrd
22
R
LF
7.
Kelly Shoppach
 10
R
C
7.
Chris Davis
19
L
1B
8.
Ben Francisco
 12
R
LF
8.
Jarrod Saltalamacchia
21
S
C
9.
Asdrubal Cabrera
13
S
2B
9.
Elvis Andrus
1
R
SS


























































STARTING PITCHERS


Cliff Lee
31
LHP


 
Kevin Millwood
55
RHP




0-0
 
0-0
 
 
0.00 ERA
 
.0.00 ERA
 
 
0 K
 
0 K
 
 

0 walks
 
0 walks
 
 

The Indians ace struggled mightily during spring training as he posted a 12.46 ERA allowing 33 runs and 46 hits in 21 1/3 innings.
The opposition hit .407 off him.
Yet, Lee struggled last preseason as well. All he did thereafter was dominate every fifth day on his way to his first Cy Young award. Lee doesn't need to be as good as he was last year, but he does need to fill the void left by CC Sabathia's departure. A good start would go a long way in doing just that.

 Kevin Millwood will be making his fourth consecutive opening day start for the Rangers. He is yet to win one (0-3, 4.50 ERA).  He hasn't exactly pitched well since joining the Rangers three seasons ago. but then again, who does? The Rangers play in a launching pad of a ballpark that gives all pitchers fits. 
Millwood has averaged an ERA around five for that time period. His lone year in Cleveland, right before he signed with Texas, he finished with a 2.86 ERA.



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