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during contract talks
14-01-2019, 09:23 AM
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during contract talks
CLEVELAND — Coming off the worst start of his major league career Robbie Grossman Jersey , two-time Cy Young Award winner Corey Kluber will be on the mound Tuesday night when the Cleveland Indians host the Chicago White Sox in the first game of a three-game series.Kluber (18-7, 2.91 ERA) will make his first start since a 6-5 loss in Tampa Bay on Sept. 9, when Kluber only lasted 1 2/3 innings, throwing 55 pitches. Forty-four of those pitches came in the second inning and resulted in only two outs. It’s the most pitches that Kluber has ever thrown in one inning.In 1 2/3 innings, he gave up four runs and five hits with four strikeouts and one walk.Article continues below ...The Indians skipped Kluber’s next start, but it wasn’t because of that ugly start in Tampa Bay. It was because manager Terry Francona wanted to get Kluber lined up to pitch Game 1 of the American League Division Series, which will likely be Oct. 5 in Houston.In the meantime, Kluber will have three starts remaining in the regular season, the first of those Tuesday night against a White Sox team that Kluber has historically done well against.In his last start against Chicago, a 12-0 win on June 20, Kluber pitched seven scoreless innings and gave up one hit , with seven strikeouts and one walk.In two starts against the White Sox this year, he is 2-0, having pitched 13 scoreless innings on four hits, with 17 strikeouts and one walk. In 22 career appearances against Chicago, he is 11-4 with a 2.90 ERA.The Indians on Saturday clinched their third consecutive AL Central title, so Francona is able to use the final two weeks of the regular season to give some of his regulars occasional days off while trying to get two key veterans ramped up for the postseason.Reliever Andrew Miller, who has made three separate trips to the disabled list this year, is still trying to get back into peak form.“He’s taking steps in the right direction. He’s got to keep building,” Francona said.The other veteran is third baseman Josh Donaldson, whom the Indians acquired in a trade with Toronto on Aug. 31. Donaldson missed most of this season with a calf strain. He has played in four games for the Indians since being activated off the disabled list and is hitting .154 (2-for-13) with one home run and one RBI.“He just needs some reps,” Francona said. “Every time he plays it feels like an investment. The more he plays (the better he’ll be). He’s playing the heck out of third base. We’ve just got to get him his at-bats.”Chicago’s starting pitcher on Tuesday will be left-hander Carlos Rodon (6-5 Logan Morrison Jersey , 3.10), who has historically pitched well against Cleveland.Rodon’s last start came against Kansas City on Sept. 12, when he got no decision in a 4-2 White Sox victory. In that game, Rodon pitched six innings, allowing two runs and five hits, with five strikeouts and five walks.Rodon’s last start against Cleveland came Aug. 10. The White Sox won that game 1-0, but Rodon did not get the decision, despite pitching eight scoreless innings on four hits with five strikeouts and two walks.In three starts against the Indians this year, Rodon is 0-1 with a 2.79 ERA. In 13 career appearances against Cleveland, Rodon is 4-2 with a 2.44 ERA. Toronto Blue Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson is in the lineup for Thursday's game with Single-A Dunedin, and giving the team one more chance at trading him before Friday's deadline Tim Tebow Jersey , per Sportsnet.UPDATE: Josh Donaldson is in the lineup tonight for single-A Dunedin.— Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) August 30, 2018Donaldson returned to the lineup on聽Tuesday, but he was supposed to miss Wednesday's game with a nagging calf/leg injury. However, that game was rained out, giving Donaldson the chance to play and showcase himself one last time to a team that may want to trade for the 2015 AL MVP.It's been a frustrating and very strange sequence of events for Donaldson and the Blue Jays over the past few months. He last played for the Jays on May 28, but missed three months of action with a calf injury. Toronto only has until Friday night to work out a deal for Donaldson, but he can't be traded if he's still injured.advertising Credit: Nick Turchiaro-USA TODAY SportsThe Blue Jays probably won't earn much in a potential trade for Donaldson, given his injury-plagued season and the fact he's a free agent in the winter. But it'd be better than losing him for nothing, and they have a slight chance of trading the soon-to-be 33-year-old before time runs out.Before the 2018 season started, Donaldson told reporters that he and the Blue Jays weren't in the "same ball park," during contract talks. As such Jay Bruce Jersey , it's more likely than not he's playing his final days with the team.In 36 games this season, Donaldson is batting .234 with five home runs, 16 RBI and an OPS of .757. Those aren't great stats, but a healthy Donaldson could be the final piece for a playoff team's championship puzzle. He's one of the game's top all-around hitters and plays Gold Glove-caliber defense at third base.advertisingThe Cleveland Indians, St. Louis Cardinals and New York Yankees have been mentioned as possible suitors for Donaldson. At this point, the Blue Jays will probably take anything they can get for him, so we'll see how it plays out over the next 30 or so hours.
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