After being held in check by two left-handers they had never seen before, the Cleveland Indians are probably looking forward to facing any right-hander - even one they have never faced.
The Indians own baseball's best record against righty starters as they get their first look at the New York Yankees' Hiroki Kuroda in the opener of a three-game set Monday night in the Bronx.
Cleveland (37-34) dropped the final two games of a weekend series in Houston, falling to unheralded Dallas Keuchel in an 8-1 loss Saturday and fellow southpaw J.A. Happ in a 7-1 defeat Sunday. The Indians are 5-15 against left-handed starters, but 32-19 against right-handers.
"You can't complain when the lefties beat us," manager Manny Acta told the Indians' official website. "We're willing to live with it because the majority of the pitchers are right-handers."
Kuroda (6-7, 3.57 ERA) has never faced Cleveland as he adjusts to his first AL season with New York (43-28). He has seen few current Indians hitters...