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Pregame blog: Indians vs Blue Jays lineups and notes

By Ryan Lewis Published: April 18, 2014

Toronto (8-8)
1. Cabrera LF
2. Kawasaki 2B
3. Bautista DH
4. Encarnacion 1B
5. Navarro C
6. Rasmus CF
7. Lawrie 3B
8. Sierra RF
9. Goins SS
SP: RHP Drew Hutchison (1-1, 3.68 ERA)

Indians (7-8)
1. Bourn CF
2. Swisher 1B
3. Kipnis 2B
4. Santana 3B
5. Brantley LF
6. Cabrera SS
7. Murphy RF
8. Gomes C
9. Chisenhall DH
SP: RHP Justin Masterson (0-0, 5.87)

Notes: In the past two seasons, Masterson has gone 2-0 with a 1.30 ERA against the Blue Jays in four starts. It'll also be interesting to see where Masterson lands on the radar gun tonight. Last year he was averaging 93 mph with his fastball and hitting 96. This year, he said he's been taking a bit off, trading velocity for better location and on his sinker, better movement. It worked in his first outing against Oakland but he's been hit hard in his two starts since. That's something to watch tonight. 

The Indians have three of their top four hitters in terms of batting average hitting 7-8-9 tonight. And Chisenhall, hitting ninth, is a blistering .522. But that's just how the Tribe's offense has gone this season. 

Left fielder Michael Brantley is hitting .397 in his career against the Blue Jays and has a nine-game hitting streak in those games. 


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