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Indians Tinker with Lineup for Game Three Against the Astros

CLEVELAND – The Indians have their backs against the walls down 0-2 in the best of five American League Divisional Series against the Houston Astros, and in a possible elimination game today, the team will have a shift in their starting lineup.

The teams lineup for game three will feature Yandy Diaz, who hit the ball well after he came up for a few stints after the All-Star break, and also Brandon Guyer, who always has hit well against lefties, will start in right field in place of Melky Cabrera.

Here’s the one through nine for the Tribe:

Francisco Lindor SS
Michael Brantley LF
Jose Ramirez 2B
Edwin Encarnacion 1B
Josh Donaldson 3B
Yandy Diaz DH
Brandon Guyer RF
Yan Gomes C
Jason Kipnis CF

If you’re wondering, the most successful hitter against Astros starter Dallas Keuchel in today’s Tribe lineup is Jose Ramirez, who is a lifetime 5-for-12 (.417) with two RBI and one K.

Brandon Guyer is 6-for-15 against Keuchel (.400) with one RBI and two K’s. Yan Gomes also has had success against the Stros starter, going 6-for-17 (.353) with no RBI and seven strikeouts.

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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