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Tuesday's Indians vs. Tigers lineups and pregame notes

By Stephanie Storm Published: May 20, 2014

The Indians host the Detroit Tigers tonight at Progressive Field at 7:05 p.m. for the second game of a three-game series. Here are Tuesday’s starting lineups and pregame notes:


INDIANS (20-25)

Michael Bourn CF

Asdrubal Cabrera SS

Michael Brantley LF

Lonnie Chisenhall 3B

David Murphy RF

Carlos Santana DH

Nick Swisher 1B

Yan Gomes C

Mike Aviles 2B

Trevor Bauer RHP

TIGERS (27-13)

Ian Kinsler 2B

Torii Hunter RF

Miguel Cabrera 1B

Victor Martinez DH

Austin Jackson CF

Nick Castellanos 3B

Alex Avila C

Danny Worth SS

Rajai Davis LF

Justin Verlander RHP


As expected, the Indians made a series of roster moves before Tuesday’s game against the visiting Detroit Tigers, including activating designated hitter Jason Giambi from the 15-day disabled list.

Giambi has been sidelined since May 4 after suffering a right calf strain against the host Chicago White Sox the day before. The veteran slugger, who opened the season on the DL with a broken rib suffereed in spring training, has only played in four games so far this season and is hitless in 10 at-bats.

The Tribe also recalled right-handed pitcher Trevor Bauer, who was slated to start Tuesday’s game, along with infiedler Justin Sellers from Triple-A Columbus.

Bauer, 23, went 4-1 with a 2.15 ERA in seven starts for the Clippers. In 46 innings, he’s struck out 44, walked 14 and held hitters to a .216 average. He ranked  sixth in the International League in ERA, tied for 11th in strikeouts and was 9th in WHIP (1.09). Tuesday’s game marked Bauer’s second start for the Indians this season, as he’d previously made one spot start April 9 in a 2-1 loss to visiting San Diego, striking out a career-high eight batters and limiting the padres to one earned run as part of a double header.

Sellers hit .227 with seven doubles, a triple and 15 RBI in 37 games in Columbus. The versatile infielder has appeared in 29 games at shortstop, two games at second and third base and four others in left field.  The Indians acquired him March 2 from the Los Angeles Dodgers. He was on the Tribe roster for three days earlier in the season (April 10-12), but did not appear in a game.

To make room on the roster, the Indians also optioned the following youngsters back to Columbus after brief stays: first baseman Jesus Aguilar (.143 in four games with one hit and two RBI), left-handed pither T.J. House (one hitless inning) and infielder Jose Ramirez(.080 in 11 games with two hits and one RBI).


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