Originally posted on Burning River Baseball  |  Last updated 6/8/12
With the series win over Detroit (5-1 record against the Tigers so far in 2012) and the White Sox loss to Toronto the Indians move back to 1.5 games back in the Central behind Chicago. The Tribe will now go on to face St. Louis as interleague baseball rears its ugly head once again. The Indians do have a more flexible roster than last time around as Travis Hafner is on the DL and his replacement, Matt LaPorta can play first, left field or pinch hit if necessary. They also have two third basemen, one of which can play second or first as well. This leaves plenty of room for Manny Acta to play around with double switches and pinch hitters. With Indians starters rarely going past the 6th of late, they probably won't see more than 2 at bats anyway. Josh Tomlin will especially looking forward to getting a bat in his hands as he was the most successful Indians pitcher offensively last season. He went 2-2 with an RBI on two singles. He was later used as a pinch runner and scored a run a...
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