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Chicago at Cleveland

Venue: Progressive Field
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The Cleveland Indians and Chicago White Sox turned in losing records in the first month of the season.

The last-place Indians are in worse shape as losers of a season-high six straight and with Jason Kipnis on the disabled list entering Friday night's opener of a three-game home series against the White Sox.

Cleveland (11-17) completed an 0-6 trip in which it totaled 13 runs and batted .183 with Wednesday's 7-1 defeat to the Los Angeles Angels.

''It was a really tough trip. There's no way around it,'' manager Terry Francona said. ''Not a lot went right for us. But we have to put it behind us. We have to go fix it, and we'll do that.''

The Indians will have to try to fix it without Kipnis, who did not play Wednesday due to a strained abdominal muscle suffered the night before and was placed on the 15-day DL hours before this game.

Kipnis is hitting .234 with three homers and 12 RBIs. The Indians recalled infielder Jose Ramirez from Triple-A Columbus. Ramirez has a .319 average with four homers and 17 RBIs in 23 games for the Clippers.

Offense isn't a concern for Chicago (14-15), averaging 5.3 runs for one of baseball's best marks. The White Sox have been undone by a 4.81 ERA that is among the worst in the majors, with starters Felipe Paulino and Chris Sale currently on the DL.

"Well you'd like it to be better obviously but when you're dealing with injuries and things like that, at least you're still in the mix," manager Robin Ventura said. "Guys offensively had a good month and you just want to keep that up and play better."

Chicago has lost six straight at Cleveland, going 1-8 at Progressive Field last season. The White Sox lost their final 14 meetings with the Indians in 2013 before taking three of four at home April 10-13.

The first game of that series saw John Danks (2-1, 3.48 ERA) outpitch Danny Salazar (0-3, 6.04) in Chicago's 7-3 victory. Those starters meet again Friday.

Danks gave up three runs in six innings for his first win in seven home decisions against the Indians. He's 3-1 with a 2.79 ERA in his last six starts at Cleveland.

The Indians are 3-8 against left-handed starters.

Francona may not want to start Michael Brantley since the outfielder is in a 1-for-17 slump and is 3 for 15 versus Danks. Carlos Santana is 2 for 15 against Danks and is one of baseball's worst hitters at .151.

Salazar yielded five runs in 3 2-3 innings the last time these teams met. That began a streak of three straight defeats in which the right-hander gave up five runs and failed to last past the fifth inning in each outing. That ended Sunday when he allowed one run in seven innings in a 4-1 loss at San Francisco.

Chicago's Alexei Ramirez is 6 for 7 against Salazar and went 7 for 16 with two homers and six RBIs in last month's series.

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Standings
TeamStandingsWLPct.GBL 10Strk
Chi White Sox4th AL Central6367.48510 ½ 6-4 L 1
Cleveland1st AL Central7456.569-4-6 W 1
 
 

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Injuries
Chi White Sox
PlayerInjury
T. DanishUndisclosed
M. DavidsonFoot
J. FryElbow
M. GonzalezGroin
A. JacksonKnee
B. LawrieHamstring
J. PetrickaHip
Z. PutnamElbow
C. TilsonHamstring
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Cleveland
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M. BrantleyShoulder
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Y. ChangWrist
Y. GomesShoulder
T. OlsonIllness
D. SalazarPersonal
 
Series Game Log
DateatResult/TimeWinnerLoser
Apr 25MINMIN 4-3Jepsen McAllister 
Apr 26MINMIN 6-5Jepsen Allen 
Apr 27MINCLE 6-5Tomlin Berrios 
May 13CLECLE 7-6McAllister May 
May 14CLEMIN 6-3Santana Kluber 
May 15CLEMIN 5-1Duffey Bauer 
Jul 15MINCLE 5-2Carrasco Santana 
Jul 16MINMIN 5-4May Colon 
Jul 17MINCLE 6-1Tomlin Gibson 
Aug 1CLEMIN 12-5Berrios Salazar 
Aug 2CLEMIN 10-6Pressly Carrasco 
Aug 3CLEMIN 13-5Duffey Bauer 
Aug 4CLECLE 9-2Otero Santiago 
Aug 29CLECLE 1-0McAllister Kintzler 
Aug 30CLE 7:10 PM EDT  
Aug 31CLE 7:10 PM EDT  
Sep 9MIN 8:10 PM EDT  
Sep 10MIN 7:10 PM EDT  
Sep 11MIN 2:10 PM EDT