Tonight: 8:07 p.m.
Season Series: Rays won 4-2
Radio: 620 AM, 95.3 FM
The winner of this game advances to the best-of-5 American League Division Series to meet the Boston Red Sox.
Date Result* WP LP Save
April 5 RAYS 4, Indians 0 Moore McAllister
April 6 RAYS 6, Indians 0 Cobb Bauer
April 7 Indians 13, RAYS 0 Masterson Price
May 31 Rays 9, INDIANS 2 Wright Barnes Ramos
June 1 INDIANS 5, Rays 0 Jimenez Archer
June 2 Rays 11, INDIANS 3 Hellickson McAllister
*-Home team in caps
Who is Danny Salazar?
Unless you’re an Indians fan, Danny Salazar, tonight’s starting pitcher, might be something of a mystery. After all, the 23-year-old has made just 10 major-league starts (2-3, 3.12 ERA). But with a fastball in the mid- to upper-90s and a change-up Baseball America rated as the best in the Cleveland Indians farm system in 2012, Salazar settled in well with Cleveland. The right-hander from the Dominican Republic underwent Tommy John surgery in 2010 but has bounced back well. He started this season in Double-A, advanced to Triple-A and made his major-league debut July 11. In 52 innings, he walked 15 and struck out 65.
Alex Cobb shut out the Indians for 7ß innings on April 6 in a 6-0 victory. Cobb allowed just four hits and three walks while striking out six. in three career starts against Cleveland, Cobb is 2-1 with a 2.70 ERA. Of the current Indians, Carlos Santana is 3-for7 (.429) against Cobb, Ryan Raburn is 3-for-8 (.375) and Nick Swisher is 3-for-10 (.300). Meanwhile, Mike Aviles, Michael Bourn, Michael Brantley, Jason Kipnis and Asdrubal Cabrera are a combined 4-for-33 (.121).
On a roll
The Indians earned the first wild-card slot by winning their last 10 games. Meanwhile, the Rays have won nine of 11.
The Indians enter the postseason without a closer. Chris Perez had been filling the role, but he struggled down the stretch. Look for the Indians to match up lefty-lefty and righty-righty, with the possibility of Opening Day starter Justin Masterson getting the call to finish the game.