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Bieber Looks to Earn a Win for the Tribe in Their Series Finale Against the Twins; The Indians Starting Nine

CLEVELAND – The first two games of a critical three-game set for the Indians against the first-place Minnesota Twins have not gone quite as planned.

Friday night the team held a 3-1 lead into the seventh inning, but a huge error by reliever Nick Goody opened the door for the Twins to eventually push three runs across in an eventual 5-3 win.

Last night it was ‘Indian Killer’ Max Kepler at it again, hitting a pair of homers against his all-time favorite pitcher Trevor Bauer (he’s hit four career bombs in four at bats against him) as the Twins beat the Tribe 6-2.

Today it’s All-Star game MVP Shane Bieber going for the Indians, he’ll have a tough task ahead of him as he will go up against fellow AL All_Star Jose Berrios, who beat the Tribe on opening day in Target Field.

After today’s game the Indians will host the Tigers for four before a weekend series with the Royals, but it sure would look better going into the Tigers series down 6.5 games instead of 8.5

Here’s today’s starting nine for the Indians:

SS Francisco Lindor
2B Jason Kipnis
DH Carlos Santana
1B Bobby Bradley
3B Jose Ramirez
LF Jake Bauers
CF Greg Allen
C Kevin Plawecki
RF Tyler Naquin

Here is the Twins Lineup:

LF Max Kepler
SS Jorge Polanco
DH Nelson Cruz
3B Luis Arrraez
C Mitch Garver
LF Marwin Gonzalez
1B Miguel Sano
RF Jake Cave
2B Jonathan Schoop

Matt Loede has been a part of the Cleveland Sports Media for over 21 years, with experience covering Major League Baseball, National Basketball Association, the National Football League and even high school and college events. He has been a part of the Cleveland Indians coverage since the opening of Jacobs/Progressive Field in 1994, and spent two and a half years covering the team for 92.3 The Fan, and covers them daily for Associated Press Radio. You can follow Matt on Twitter HERE.

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