American League Preview from The Sports Network|
Wednesday, May 30th
(All times eastern)
Kansas City Royals (20-28) at Cleveland Indians (27-22), 12:05 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Kansas City - Bruce Chen (3-5, 4.81)
Cleveland - Jeanmar Gomez (3-3, 3.94)
(Sports Network) - Panamanian-born lefty Bruce Chen aims for a fourth win in
five starts today when the Kansas City Royals visit Progressive Field for the
final game of a three-game set with the Cleveland Indians.
The 34-year-old, who debuted in the majors with the Atlanta Braves in 1998,
was 0-4 through his initial six starts of 2012 before a three-start streak
yielded defeats of Boston, Texas and Arizona between May 9-19.
In those three starts, Chen allowed 20 hits and six runs in 19 2/3 innings.
He was hit hard in one start since the winning stretch, dropping to 3-5 on the
season after surrendering six runs on seven hits in four innings of an 8-2
loss at Baltimore on May 25.
Now 63-63 in 327 career appearances, Chen is 5-3 in 12 games against Cleveland
with a 4.78 earned run average across 52 2/3 innings.
He's opposed by Venezuelan youngster Jeanmar Gomez, who turned 10 years old in
the same year Chen began his career in Atlanta.
Now 23, Gomez made 11 appearances in each of his first two seasons with the
Indians while winning nine of 17 decisions.
He opened this season with a two-inning relief stint on April 11 against the
Chicago White Sox, then became a starter three days later with a two-inning
stint in Kansas City - where he allowed a run on no hits.
His initial win of 2012 came seven days later at Oakland and Gomez has gone on
to allow 39 hits and 22 runs in 46 innings while starting.
Gomez is 2-2 in six career starts against the Royals with a 3.81 ERA.
On Tuesday, Mike Moustakas drove in a career-high four runs to power the
Royals to an 8-2 win.
Alex Gordon and Johnny Giavotella both had two hits and an RBI for Kansas
City, which rebounded from Monday's 8-5 loss and has won three of four
Will Smith (1-1) earned his first major-league win by limiting Cleveland to
two first-inning runs. He gave up four total hits and struck out five over six
Justin Masterson (2-4) was tagged for eight runs - seven earned - on nine hits
in six innings to absorb the loss, the fourth in five games for the Indians,
who fell a half-game behind the Chicago White Sox in the American League's
Kansas City is fourth, seven games behind the leaders.
The Indians will be without designated hitter Travis Hafner, who was placed on
the 15-day disabled list on Wednesday because of inflammation in his right
knee. He is hitting .242 with six homers and 23 RBI in 39 games this season.
Cleveland has won five of eight from the Royals this season.
05/30 10:34:04 ET