American League Preview from The Sports Network|
Sunday, April 8th
(All times Eastern)
Toronto Blue Jays (2-0) at Cleveland Indians (0-2), 1:05 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Toronto - Joel Carreno (0-0, 0.00)
Cleveland - Derek Lowe (0-0, 0.00)
(Sports Network) - Derek Lowe makes his Cleveland debut this afternoon when
the Indians wrap up a three-game set with the Toronto Blue Jays at Progressive
Lowe was acquired from Atlanta this past winter in an effort to inject some
experience and durability into the Indians' rotation. He's coming off one of
his worst seasons in the majors, though, as he was just 9-17 a year ago for
the Braves to go along with a 5.05 ERA. He got worse as the season wore on and
was a miserable 0-5 with an 8.75 ERA in September.
"Let's be honest, if I went 17-9 (instead of 9-17), I'd still be there," Lowe
told the team's website. "I think it was the combination of the six weeks I
had (down the stretch) and they have five guys ready for the big leagues."
The 38-year-old right-hander is no stranger to the Blue Jays, having faced
them 41 times (10 starts) and is 6-9 with a 4.69 ERA against them.
Toronto, meanwhile, will counter with righty Joel Carreno, who will be making
his first major league start after winning a spot in the Jays' rotation this
spring. Carreno got his first taste of big league action last season when he
pitched to a 1.15 ERA over 11 appearances, spanning 15 2/3 innings.
"I have to do a good job for them," Carreno said about his opportunity. "I
don't [want] to make them think, 'He has to go back to the Minor Leagues.' So
I have to do the best I can do here."
Carreno will be trying to keep the Jays perfect on the season after back-to-
back extra-inning wins to open the year. After the longest Opening Day game in
history on Thursday, the Jays again needed more than nine innings to pull out
a 7-4 win on Saturday.
Edwin Encarnacion led off the 12th with a double off the wall in left off Tony
Sipp (0-1) and Brett Lawrie followed with a single. Davis then doubled home
both runners and Colby Rasmus and Kelly Johnson each added an RBI single later
in the inning for a 7-3 lead.
Francisco Cordero gave up a one-out, RBI single to Travis Hafner in the bottom
of the 12th, but Lawrie made a diving stop at third on a hard hit ball by
Shelley Duncan to get a force out at second and Casey Kotchman grounded out to
second to end the game.
Johnson hit a solo home run and Lawrie went 3-for-5 with two RBI and a run
scored for the Blue Jays, who got seven innings out of starter Brandon Morrow
that saw him give up three walks and two unearned runs on one hit. Casey
Janssen (1-0) got the win for pitching two perfect innings.
Jason Kipnis hit a two-run home run and Asdrubal Cabrera added a solo shot for
the Indians. Ubaldo Jimenez carried a perfect game into the sixth and a no-
hitter into the seventh, but didn't factor in the decision as he gave up two
runs on one hit with three strikeouts over seven innings.
Toronto hasn't been 3-0 since 1996, while the Indians haven't opened a year
with a three straight losses since losing five in a row to start the 2009
Toronto has now beaten the Tribe five straight times.
04/08 10:26:30 ET