Bruce Chen will take the mound for Kansas City. Chen worked five innings in his last start, allowing one run on five hits against the Chicago White Sox. The southpaw has only made six starts this year, but he appears to be fundamentally the same pitcher we have seen in KC the past five seasons. Let's just hope he's extra crafty today.
Danny Salazar will start for Cleveland. Salazar struggled to begin the season and was sent down to the minors in May. He returned Monday to make a start against the Minnesota Twins, allowing one run over five innings. Salazar possesses some impressive stuff and does a great job missing bats, but has struggled with his command, issuing too many walks.
Salvador Perez has the day off, so Brett Hayes will start behind the plate. David Lesky of Pine Tar Press brings us the Royals lineup:
#Royals lineup vs. Salazar: Aoki RF Infante 2B Gordon LF Perez DH Moustakas 3B Butler 1B Hayes C Dyson CF Escobar SS Chen P— David Lesky (@DBLesky) July 27, 2014
Asdrubal Cabrera is back in the lineup after missing Saturday's game with a lower back injury. The Indians official twitter account brings us their batting order:
Today's #Indians lineup: Ramirez-2B Cabrera-SS Brantley-CF Santana-1B Gomes-DH Swisher-RF Raburn-LF Perez-C Aviles-3B Salazar-RHP— Cleveland Indians (@Indians) July 27, 2014