Sunday, April 12, 2015

Young lefties close Tigers-Indians set in Cleveland

The Tigers and the Indians wrap up their first of six season series on Sunday at Progressive Field. TJ House starts for Cleveland, while Kyle Lobstein toes the rubber for Detroit, which will try to remain unbeaten (5-0) on the season. Both lefties are making their 2015 season debuts after making their MLB debuts in 2014.
Things to know about this game:
• Lobstein, a 24-year-old southpaw, was called up on April 8 when Justin Verlander was placed on the 15-day disabled list. Lobstein posted a 4.35 ERA in 39 1/3 innings in his MLB debut last year, and a 4.07 ERA in 146 Triple-A innings.
• House, 25, will make his first career start against Detroit. House is a deceptive lefty with a 90-mph fastball. Detroit's right-handed-heavy lineup led the American League last season in OPS against lefties (.789) and OPS against fastballs slower than 92 mph (.710).
• A couple of Indians lineup notes worth monitoring: All-Star outfielder Michael Brantley missed Saturday's game as he deals with lingering back soreness. With another lefty on the mound in Lobstein, he could again find himself resting, if his back doesn't feel better. Brandon Moss also sat against the lefty on Saturday, but he could return to the lineup Sunday. Victor Martinez (left knee) and Yan Gomes (right knee) both left Saturday's game with injuries and are day to day.

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