American League Preview from The Sports Network|
Tuesday, May 29th
(All times eastern)
Kansas City Royals (19-28) at Cleveland Indians (27-21), 7:05 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Kansas City - Will Smith (0-1, 13.50)
Cleveland - Justin Masterson (2-3, 4.62)
(Sports Network) - Lefty Will Smith makes his second career big-league start
tonight when the Kansas City Royals return to Progressive Field for the second
test of a three-game series with the host Cleveland Indians.
Smith, a seventh-round pick of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in 2008,
pitched in their minor-league chain for three seasons before he went to the
Royals in a three-player deal in July 2010.
He was 13-9 at Double-A Northwest Arkansas last season and 1-3 at Triple-A
Omaha this spring before arriving in the majors for a May 23 start at Yankee
Stadium that ended in an 8-3 Kansas City loss.
Smith allowed five runs on six hits in 3 1/3 innings in the defeat, walking
one batter and striking out another as the Royals fell to New York.
The Royals dropped Monday's opener against the Indians when Jose Lopez drove
in three runs, Jason Kipnis collected three hits with two RBI in an 8-5
Josh Tomlin (2-2) picked up the win in his return from the 15-day disabled
list, allowing four runs on as many hits over five innings. Tomlin had been
sidelined with right wrist soreness since May 7.
The Indians avoided a season-high fourth straight loss by notching their
fourth consecutive win at home.
Eric Hosmer and Brayan Pena both homered for Kansas City, which has dropped
four of its last six.
Nathan Adcock (0-3) absorbed the loss after being tagged for five runs - four
earned - on six hits and two walks in 2 1/3 innings.
Cleveland sends 27-year-old righty Justin Masterson to the mound in search of
a third consecutive gem.
The former second-round pick of the Boston Red Sox gave up two runs on six
hits in seven innings of a no-decision against Miami on May 18, then
outpitched Justin Verlander over seven innings of a 2-1 defeat of Detroit -
allowing a run on five hits in a 2-1 win - six days later.
Masterson won a career-high 12 games with the Indians last season, his second
full year with the team since he left Boston as part of a four-player deal in
July 2009 that sent Victor Martinez to the Red Sox.
He was 9-8 in 47 appearances with Boston and is 21-33 with Cleveland.
In 15 career meetings with the Royals, he is 4-3 with a blown save and a 3.94
earned run average in 64 innings.
Cleveland has won five of seven from the Royals this season.
05/29 10:44:09 ET