Tune in on Tuesday evening at 7:05 PM ET as the Toronto Blue Jays play host to the Cleveland Indians. Ian Hunter will be live blogging for your enjoyment.
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Good evening folks! Welcome to tonight's Score liveblog of the Cleveland Indians at the Toronto Blue Jays. Here are your starting lineups:
Cleveland Indians (31-20)
A. Cabrera SS
O. Cabrera 2B
SP: Mitch Talbot (1-1, 5.87 ERA)
Toronto Blue Jays (28-26)
SP: Brandon Morrow (2-2, 4.38 ERA)
It's so damn hot today: a balmy 29 degrees in the city of Toronto, but with the humidity it feels like 39 degrees. I don't envy the folks in the stands tonight. Remember to hydrate!
Mitch Talbot has only made one career start against the Blue Jays, that was May 3rd at home last year. He was charged with the loss, but went 8 innings and gave up 5 runs.
Brandon Morrow on the other hand, has faced the Indians 8 times but only twice as a starting pitcher. Altogether, Morrow has a 1-2 record lifetime with a 4.58 ERA against the Cleveland Indians.
Morrow picked up no-decisions in his last two starts, but he's been pretty solid as of late. He knocked his ERA down from 5.06 to 4.38 with just one earned run in his previous start against the Chicago White Sox.
Mitch Talbot is making just his fourth start of the season: he was hit hard in his last start for 12 hits and 8 runs in the loss against the Boston Red Sox last Wednesday at home.
For some reason, Talbot fairs much better on the road - he has a lifetime record of 7-4 with a 2.99 away from home as opposed to a 4-10 record with a 6.48 ERA within the confines of his home ballpark.
Conversely, Brandon Morrow loves pitching at home. Last year, he had the best record in Toronto at home at 8-1 with a 2.74 ERA. Lifetime pitching at home, Morrow is 13-6 with a 3.18 ERA.
Lineup changes for tonight: Grady Sizemore is back off the DL and will play centre field and bat sixth tonight for the Indians. This is his first game back since May 10th.
Manny Acta moves Michael Brantley from centre field last night to the DH spot tonight. He will still hit leadoff. Travis Buck is in the lineup tonight as well, he'll play left field.
No changes from last night's Blue Jays lineup from John Farrell, which is very odd as it seems he has a different lineup combination each game.
The Blue Jays are having no trouble at all scoring runs in during their current 4-game win streak. In the last 2 games, the bluebirds have scored 24 runs. That's the most in 2 games since June 2005.
Interesting notes: the Indians are 31-20 on the year, their best start since they went 32-19 to begin the 2007. However, Cleveland is 11-12 since May 4th.
The buzz around the building is that Brett Lawrie is suspected to be called up by the Blue Jays on Friday. Not confirmed by Alex Anthopoulos, but he said Lawrie was about as close to being called up as one can be.
Going back to May 8th, the Blue Jays have the second best winning percentage in the AL at .619. Second only to the Red Sox.
The Cleveland Indians own the second best record in the majors, they're 19-6 at home and 12-14 on the road.
And the Indians have yet to be swept in a 3-game series this season. Cleveland has been very consistent thus far this season.
Brandon Morrow is taking his warmup tosses: he leads the majors since 2010 in K/IP at 10.97 including 12.09 in 2011 alone.
Michael Brantley will lead it off for the Indians.
First pitch strike on the outside corner from Brandon Morrow.
Same location on the next pitch, Brantley takes a swing and fouls it off. He's in the hole 0-2.
Brantley drops one down the left field line, it bounces into the seats for a leadoff ground rule double.
One of the hottest shortstops in the league steps in, Asdrubal Cabrera.
Morrow working the outside part of the plate here against the lefties. Cabrera has a 1-2 count after fouling that last pitch off into the seats.
@Colin Hi Colin, welcome! They certainly haven't had any trouble scoring runs these past few games, eh?
Cabrera strikes out, he swings underneath that one and Morrow gets his first strikeout of the game.
This is the third lefty in a row, Shin-Soo Choo. Morrow starts him off with a called strike.
Brandon Morrow gets Choo to swing and miss, exact same location as the pitch he used to strike out Cabrera. A 1-2 count to Choo.
Morrow changes speeds with the slider and gets his second straight strikeout.
@Colin Excited to see Lawrie come up, but I think defensively he might be a little rough around the edges to start. Really excited to see if he can hit major league pitching like he did in Spring Training.
Hot shot liner off the bat of Travis Buck, and that's the third out of the inning. Morrow strands Brantley at second base.
Yunel Escobar will lead it off for the Blue Jays. Escobar is currently riding an 11-game hit streak. His career high is a 12-game hit streak.
Talbot misses outside to Escobar for ball one.