Friday, April 17, 2015

Kluber looks to get in win column vs. Pelfrey, Twins

Reigning American League Cy Young Award winner Corey Kluber will take the mound for the Indians on Friday, seeking his first win of the 2015 season. Kluber has pitched well through two starts (2.63 ERA), but has yet to notch a victory. 
For the opener of the three-game set, the Twins will hand the ball to righty Mike Pelfrey, who will be making his first start at home since last May 1 after undergoing season-ending surgery on his throwing elbow last May.
Things to know about this game
• With team off-days on Monday and Thursday this week, the Indians rested All-Star outfielder Michael Brantley for the team's two-game series against the White Sox on Tuesday and Wednesday. Brantley, who has been fighting stiffness in his lower back, might be cleared to return to the lineup on Friday.
• The Twins have a couple hitters who have enjoyed facing Kluber. Designated hitter Kennys Vargas has hit .364 (4-for-11) with a homer off the righty, while third baseman Trevor Plouffe has posted a .360 average (9-for-25) with two homers and seven RBIs against Cleveland's ace.
• Indians outfielder Brandon Moss is off to a rough start with his new team, posting a .100 (2-for-20) average through his first seven games. Moss will hope that seeing Pelfrey will give his swing a lift, considering that he is batting .500 (5-for-10) in his career against the Minnesota right-hander.

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