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Game No. 7: Indians @ Royals

By jcfortun Published: April 13, 2009






















































































































Game No. 7: Cleveland Indians (1-5) At Kansas City Royals (3-3)
STARTING LINEUP
1.
Grady Sizemore
24
L
CF
 
1.
Coco Crisp
2
S
CF
2.
Shin-Soo Choo
17
L
RF
2.
Mike Aviles
30
R
3B
3.
Victor Martinez
41
S
C
3.
David Dejesus
9
L
LF
4.
Travis Hafner
48
L
DH
4.
Mark Teahen
24
L
RF
5.
Jhonny Peralta
2
R
SS
5.
Billy Butler
16
R
1B
6.
Ryan Garko
25
R
1B
6.
Mike Jacobs
17
L
DH
7.
Tony Graffanino
4
R
3B
7.
Alberto Callaspo
13
S
2B
8.
Trevor Crowe
26
S
LF
8.
Miguel Olivo
21
R
 C
9.
Asdrubal Cabrera
13
S
2B
9.
Tony Pena
1
R
SS




































































STARTING PITCHERS

Fausto Carmona
55
RHP


 
Zack Greinke
23
RHP




0-1
 
1-0
 
 
10.80 ERA
 
0.00 ERA
 
 
4 K
 
7 K
 
 
2 walks
 
3 walks
 
 
 


The Indians originally signed Carmona out of the Dominican Republic with a $10, 000 dollar signing bonus. The sinker-balling righty has more than made up for that price tag already.  Carmona's biggest problem is his emotions sometimes get the best of him. The harder he tries to throw, the straighter his pitch becomes. The Indians need Carmona throwing his bowling ball sinker. Not a 98 mile an hour heater. 
If Greinke played in Boston, he would be a household name. He finished last year with a 3.47 ERA and 183 strikeouts in 202.1 innings. He has steadily raised his strikeouts per nine innings rate as his overall ERA has declined.  It will be interesting to see if he can truly break out and be the dominant pitcher he can be while still wearing a Royals uniform. 









THE SKINNY 
It's a good thing the Indian's got that bug-a-boo off their back and won Sunday. Division play starts tonight against a team who could surprise some this season. Having long been the doormat of the American League Central Division, the Royals put a team on the field with a lot of pitching talent. Joakim Soria and Zach Greinke are stars in hiding. In a division where no team stands out that much, the Royals can compete just as well as anyone else.  
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