American League Preview from The Sports Network|
Monday, May 28th
(All times eastern)
Kansas City Royals (19-27) at Cleveland Indians (26-21), 4:05 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Kansas City - Nate Adcock (0-2, 2.33)
Cleveland - Josh Tomlin (1-2, 4.67)
(Sports Network) - Texas-born righty Josh Tomlin returns from the disabled
list amid a team slump today when the Cleveland Indians host the Kansas City
Royals to open a three-game series at Progressive Field.
The Indians' lead in the American League Central was trimmed to a half-game
over the Chicago White Sox after losing three straight over the weekend at
U.S. Cellular Field.
Tomlin hasn't pitched since May 7, when he tossed 7 1/3 innings of two-run
ball against the White Sox in a game Cleveland won, 3-2. He was shelved after
the outing with a sore right wrist.
He's faced the Royals twice in six appearances so far in 2012, allowing four
earned runs in a 3 2/3-inning relief stint on April 14 and giving up four more
runs across 4 2/3 innings in a 4-2 loss in an April 26 start.
Overall against Kansas City, Tomlin is 4-2 in eight games with a 4.63 earned
run average in 46 2/3 innings.
The Royals go with 24-year-old righty Nate Adcock, who faces the Indians for
the third time in his 30th big-league outing.
The Kentucky native was drafted by the Seattle Mariners in 2006, went to
Pittsburgh in a 2009 trade for Jack Wilson and Ian Snell and headed to Kansas
City in the major leagues' rule 5 draft in 2010.
He debuted in the majors and made 24 appearances with the Royals last season,
going 1-1 with a save and a 4.62 ERA across 60 1/3 innings.
Adcock's first four appearances of 2012 came out of the bullpen and saw him
compile a 2.51 ERA in 14 1/3 innings, before a May 20 interleague start
against Arizona saw him allow a run on five hits in five innings.
He got a tough-luck loss in a 2-0 defeat.
In two meetings with the Indians in 2011, he allow an earned run on four hits
in 4 2/3 innings.
On Sunday in Baltimore, Jeff Francoeur belted a go-ahead solo shot in the
sixth inning to lift the Royals to a 4-2 victory over the Orioles in the
rubber match of a three-game series at Camden Yards.
Humberto Quintero added an RBI double in the sixth while Billy Butler smacked
a solo shot in the first as the Royals took the final two games of the series.
Tim Collins (2-0) got the victory after recording the final out of the fifth
in relief of starter Luke Hochevar, who allowed two runs - one earned - on
seven hits with six strikeouts.
In Chicago, Paul Konerko went 2-for-4 with a three-run homer and drove in four
to lead the White Sox to a 12-6 rout of the Indians.
Johnny Damon hit a three-run homer, while Michael Brantley had two hits and
drove in a pair for the Indians, who were swept for the first time all season.
Ubaldo Jimenez (5-4) was pegged with the loss after giving up seven runs on
seven hits over four-plus frames.
Cleveland has won four of six from the Royals this season.
05/28 10:30:32 ET