Philadelphia Phillies (12-15) at Cleveland Indians (11-13), 7:05 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Philadelphia - Cliff Lee (2-1, 3.03)
Cleveland - Trevor Bauer (0-1, 5.40)
(Sports Network) - Cliff Lee will return to Cleveland and face his former club
for the first time in almost four years when the Philadelphia Phillies
aim for a split of a quick two-game series with the hosting Indians.
Keeping the Indians in the ballpark would be the first step for Lee.
Lee began his career with Cleveland in 2002 and won the American League Cy
Young Award with the franchise in '08, when he went 22-3 with a 2.54 earned
run average in 31 starts. However, the Indians dealt him to the Phillies prior
to the trade deadline the following season, ending his seven-plus year tenure
with the club.
The left-hander went 83-48 with a 4.01 ERA in 182 career starts with the
Indians, including 178 starts.
"It's gonna be interesting. It's gonna be neat," Lee told his club's website
about returning to Cleveland. "But I don't try to get too caught up in it. I'm
just gonna try to go out there and focus on each pitch, each hitter and put up
as many zeros as I can."
Lee is in the third season of his second stint with the Phillies, having been
dealt to the Seattle Mariners prior to the start of the 2010 season before
signing with Philadelphia as a free agent following the campaign. He is 2-1
with a 3.03 ERA through five starts this season, but winless since winning his
first two outings.
Lee, 34, did not factor into the decision of a 6-4 loss to the Pittsburgh
Pirates on Thursday, but was charged with three runs, a season-high 10 hits
and just his fifth walk of the season while striking out seven. The Pirates
rallied for a late win, scoring three times off the bullpen in the eighth
The Indians did not need to rally in Tuesday's opener, clubbing seven home
runs in a 14-2 rout. Five of those were two-run homers.
Ryan Raburn became the first Indians player since Travis Hafner in 2004 to
have consecutive multi-homer games. Raburn hit his first two homers of the
season in Monday's win over the Kansas City Royals and added a pair of two-out
homers last night.
"Sometimes you're gonna have nights like these and other nights we're gonna be
on the other end. We just got to go out there, have fun, play hard and
hopefully that night falls our way," Raburn said.
Cleveland has plated 33 runs and allowed just five over a three-game winning
streak. Carlos Santana and Mark Reynolds set the tone in the first inning
versus the Phillies with two-run homers and Zach McAllister was able to cruise
through seven innings. He did yield solo homers to Delmon Young and Chase
Utley, but only allowed three other hits in the win.
After three strong starts, Roy Halladay was pounded for eight runs and nine
hits over 3 2/3 innings. He served up three of Cleveland's seven homers.
"I don't know how you stop them. Everything they hit was hard," said
Philadelphia manager Charlie Manuel, whose club was coming off a three-game
sweep of the New York Mets.
A bright spot for the Phillies was Young, who went 2-for-3 and homered in his
first at-bat in his season debut after missing the first 26 games while
recovering from right ankle surgery. Ryan Howard went 1-for-4 to extend his
hitting streak to 11 games.
In need of a spot starter, the Indians will turn to 22-year-old Trevor Bauer.
Bauer will make his second start of the season and the sixth of his career,
though it will be his first in the majors since control problems plagued him
on April 6 in Tampa. He took a 6-0 loss and walked seven batters over five
innings, charged with two hits and three runs versus the Rays.
The right-hander was then sent to Triple-A Columbus, where he has gone 1-0
with a 2.50 ERA in three starts, walking six and striking out 24 in 18
The third overall pick of the 2011 draft by Arizona, Bauer went 1-2 with a
6.06 ERA in four starts last season with the Diamondbacks.
Cleveland's Nick Swisher did not play in Tuesday's opener due to a sore left
shoulder and with an off day looming on Thursday he could be held out of the
lineup again tonight.
Philadelphia swept the Indians the last time these teams met back in 2010.