4/18/11: Indians vs. Royals

It’s a battle for first place tonight as the Indians take on their AL Central annual last place rivals, the Royals, tonight in Kansas City.  It should be interesting as both of these teams have come out of nowhere to ascend to the top of the division.  Meanwhile the high powered and big spending Twins, Tigers, and White Sox are all looking up.  A small marjket baseball fan could get used to this. 

It’s also the debut of the Indians new and improved lineup which includes Grady Sizemore at the top and Michael Brantley down in the 7 hole.  With all of that, tonight should give us our first look at the Indians at full strength.  I’m feeling pretty positive given Grady’s triumphant return yesterday.  Let’s just hope Carlos Carrasco can keep up the excellent pitching we’ve seen so far this season.

Here are the lineups…

Indians:

  1. Grady Sizemore, CF
  2. Asdrubal Cabrera, SS
  3. Shin-Soo Choo, RF
  4. Carlos Santana, C
  5. Travis Hafner, DH
  6. Orlando Cabrera, 2B
  7. Michael Brantley, LF
  8. Matt LaPorta, 1B
  9. Jack Hannahan, 3B
  • Carlos Carrasco, P

Royals:

  1. Mike Aviles, 2B
  2. Melky Cabrera, SS
  3. Alex Gordon, LF
  4. Builly Butler, DH
  5. Kila Ka’aihue, 1B
  6. Jeff Francoeur, RF
  7. Wilson Betemit, 3B
  8. Matt Treanor, C
  9. Alcides Escobar, SS
  • Kyle Davies, P

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