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Kluber Looks to Help the Indians Salvage a Win in Kansas City – The Tribe Starting Nine

The Indians haven’t looked good at all in their first two games in Kansas City against the Royals, getting beat 8-1 on Friday when the Royals scored six in the first to knock out Carlos Carrasco, and then Saturday Homer Bailey looked like Cy Young in beating the Tribe 3-0.

Today at 2:10pm Corey Kluber (1-2, 3.86 ERA) will look to stop the bleeding as he will take on Jakob Junis (1-1, 5.74 ERA) for the Royals.

Kluber was solid in his last start against the Tigers in Detroit, earning his first win of the season, but he also was helped out by plenty of offense and four Tribe homers in an 8-2 win.

Today the Indians will have the services of new outfielder Carlos Gonzalez, who was with the team on Saturday in K.C. and will make his Indians debut today.

“I’m excited to be here,” Gonzalez said before to Saturday’s game.

“This is a great opportunity for me. The team’s playing good baseball. For me, I was just doing my preparation the right way, and I’m just excited to be back in the big leagues.”

It would be nice to see Gonzalez give the Indians some much needed offense, as pushing one run across the last two games isn’t a formula for many wins in the big leagues.

Here is today’s starting nine for the Indians:

CF Leonys Martin
3B Jose Ramirez
LF Carlos Gonzalez
1B Carlos Santana
RF Tyler Naquin
DH Jake Bauers
C Roberto Perez
2B Brad Miller
SS Eric Stamets

And the starting nine for the Royals:

2B Whit Merrified
SS Adalberto Mondesi
LF Alex Gordon
RF Jorge Soler
1B Ryan O’Hearn
3B Hunter Pence
DH Lucas Duda
C Cam Gallagher
CF Chris Owings

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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