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Indians Kickoff Huge 11-Game Homestand Tonight Starting with Baltimore

The Indians are back at home tonight as they will start their longest homestand of the season, 11 games in 11 days against the Oroioles, A’s and Rays.

It’s a critical series as the team enters play 4.5 games back of the Minnesota Twins for second in the AL Central. With injuries still being a big factor to the team’s up and down season to date.

Thursday at 6:10pm it’s game one of the wrap-around four-game set against the Orioles, who dropped two games to the New York Yankees.

The Orioles enter action at Progressive Field 14-28, last in the AL East. They send righty Dan Straily to go up against the Indians.

Straily had a tough start his last time on the mound, as he gave up a season-high six runs on five hits in 4 innings of an 8-3 loss to the Los Angeles Angels on Friday.

The 30-year-old owns an 0-1 mark with a 3.86 ERA in two career starts against Cleveland.

The Indians will send fireballer Trevor Bauer against Baltimore. Bauer (4-2, 3.02 ERA) will look to follow up on a strong outing when he takes the mound on Thursday.

Here is the starting Nine for the Tribe:

1. Francisco Lindor SS
2. Jason Kipnis 2B
3. Carlos Santana 1B
4. Carlos Gonzalez DH
5. Jose Ramirez 3B
6. Jake Bauers LF
7. Jordan Luplow RF
8. Leonys Martin CF
9. Roberto Perez C

And the O’s lineup for the 7:10pm first pitch.

1. Jonathan Villar SS
2. Dwight Smith LF
3. Trey Mancini RF
4. Chris Davis 1B
5. Stevie Wilkerson CF
6. Renato Nunez DH
7. Rio Ruiz 3B
8. Pedro Severino C
9. Hanser Alberto 2B

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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