American League Preview from The Sports Network
Tuesday, April 24th
(All times Eastern)
Kansas City Royals (3-13) at Cleveland Indians (8-6), 7:05 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Kansas City - Jonathan Sanchez (1-0, 6.39)
Cleveland - Derek Lowe (2-1, 3.50)
(Sports Network) - Veteran righty Derek Lowe makes his second home start of
the season tonight when the road-successful Cleveland Indians return to
Progressive Field to face the home-averse Kansas City Royals in the opener of
a three-game series.
The Indians head back to Cleveland after a nine-game road trip on which they
won seven times, but wrapped up with a 5-1 loss on Sunday in Oakland.
Justin Masterson (0-2) gave up four runs on six hits and six walks over five
innings in the setback while Travis Hafner recorded the lone RBI.
Meanwhile, the Royals hit the road after a woeful season-opening stretch at
Kauffman Stadium that included a stretch of losses that reached a franchise-
record 10 when they dropped a 4-1 decision to Toronto on Monday.
Bruce Chen (0-2) was charged with three runs on six hits and two walks over
seven innings in the start. Eric Hosmer finished with two hits, including a
The defeat was Kansas City's 11th in a row after a 3-2 start.
Lowe, who'll turn 39 later this season, is 2-1 in his initial three starts
with the Indians after he was dealt from Atlanta last October in exchange for
minor-leaguer Chris Jones.
The Michigan native made 101 starts in three seasons with the Braves, winning
15 and 16 games in his initial two years before slumping to 9-17 with a 5.05
earned run average in 2011.
The Braves are paying two-thirds of his $15 million salary for 2012.
Lowe opened with consecutive defeats of Toronto and the Royals while allowing
16 hits and three earned runs across 13 2/3 innings.
He was knocked from start No. 3 after just 4 1/3 innings, however, and
suffered a 4-1 loss to Seattle after walking six batters and allowing eight
He's 4-5 lifetime against Kansas City with a 4.76 ERA across 73 2/3 innings.
The Royals go with lefty Jonathan Sanchez, who'll also make his fourth start
with a new team after an offseason trade.
Sanchez won 13 games for the World Series-champion San Francisco Giants in
2010 and was 4-7 in 19 starts with them last season before coming to the
American League in exchange for outfielder Melky Cabrera.
He was a 7-3 winner over Los Angeles in his initial Kansas City start, but has
subsequently picked up no-decisions in a pair of Royals losses while allowing
seven runs in 7 2/3 innings.
Sanchez's next win will be the 40th of his big-league career.
The Indians swept a three-game series against the Royals in Kansas City from
April 13-15 and have won 13 of the last 17 encounters.
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