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Cleveland Indians at Kansas City Royals, August 1, 2012: Fan Preview

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The woes for the Cleveland Indians continue. After being swept by the Minnesota Twins in a three-game series, the Indians dropped the first game of their three-game series with the Kansas City Royals by the score of 8-3.

Like Minnesota, Kansas City was struggling coming into the series having won just two of their last 10 games. And like in the Minnesota series, Cleveland gave the Royals a reason to get their confidence back courtesy of another awful performance by Derek Lowe.

Lowe, who boosted his season ERA to 5.52, allowed seven runs on eight hits in just 2 1/3 innings pitched. The abysmal performance required fellow starter Josh Tomlin to come on in early relief just to stop the hemorrhaging. All this occurring on a day when the front office failed to make any significant moves to improve the roster before the trade deadline.

Zach McAllister will take the mound for the Tribe on Wednesday in an effort to earn the team's first win since the road trip began last Friday.

The matchup:

The Cleveland Indians will take on the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium located in Kansas City, Missouri on Wednesday, August 1, 2012 at 8:10 p.m. EDT.

Zach McAllister (4-2, 3.18 ERA) will take the mound for the Indians facing off against the Royals' Luis Mendoza (4-7, 4.47 ERA).

The standings:

Cleveland enters the game with a 50-53 record and in third place in the American League Central. They are 23-28 when playing on the road and have won three of their last 10 games.

Kansas City comes into the matchup with a 42-60 record and in fifth place in the American League Central. They are 18-30 when playing at home and have won three of their last 10 games.

The series:

The season series is currently stands at 5-5.

Where to watch or listen:

In Cleveland: Television- STO, Radio- WTAM, Indians Radio Network.

Nationwide: Television and Radio via MLB.TV (Television blackouts apply in Cleveland market).

The batting statistic leaders:

Cleveland: Michael Brantley- .291 batting average, Shin-Soo Choo/Asdrubal Cabrera- 12 home runs, Jason Kipnis- 55 runs batted in.

Kansas City: Alcides Escobar- .307 batting average, Billy Butler- 20 home runs, Billy Butler- 64 runs batted in.

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Sources:

All statistics provided by MLB.com

Paul Rados is an avid Cleveland Indians fan and a Featured Contributor for the Yahoo! Contributor Network. Follow him on Twitter @PSRados or leave him a message on Facebook.

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