CLEVELAND: The plan remains for Jason Kipnis to be in the lineup tonight after missing five games with a sore elbow.
“He feels really good,” manager Terry Francona said. “He’ll take BP and we’ll send him out to play [today].”
The Tribe opens a three-game series at the Houston Astros tonight.
FIXABLE FLAW — Lonnie Chisenhall has gotten off to a slow start (.200 average) after killing it in spring training. Francona has noticed one difference.
“All spring Lonnie was thinking left-center field at the plate,” Francona said. “That didn’t mean he was always going to hit it there, but he lined up that way. After the season started and as it’s gone on, I see him closing himself up more.
“He has gotten himself in some positions where he looks like he doesn’t have a quick bat, and he has a quick bat as you’ll see.”
NEW FEATURE — The Indians are building a broadcast booth adjacent to the bar behind the center-field seats.
Set for completion in May, the facility will be used by WTAM (1100-AM) for pregame and postgame programs.
Champions Windows will sponsor the studio, and included in their deal with the club is a $25,000 donation to Cleveland Indians Charities.
FARM FACTS — Eric Haase singled twice and drove in three runs, as Lake County beat Dayton 7-3 in Class A. Ryan Merritt (1-2, 1.80 ERA) gave up one run, five hits and no walks in six innings.
— Sheldon Ocker