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Cleveland Indians at Toronto Blue Jays, July 14, 2012: Fan Preview

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The Cleveland Indians look to continue their winning ways on Saturday, July 14 when they send Ubaldo Jimenez to the mound to face off against Toronto Blue Jays' starter Aaron Laffey. While it took some time for Jimenez to get going, in his last few starts he has been phenomenal. It appears his mechanical issues have been fixed, at least for now.

The Indians made the most of their first game back from the All-Star break with a 1-0 win over the Blue Jays on Friday, July 13. Travis Hafner belted a solo home run in the top of the second inning but it was all the offense the Tribe needed thanks to a masterful pitching performance from Justin Masterson.

Masterson allowed just five hits in seven innings while striking out five on the night. Vinnie Pestano pitched a flawless eighth followed by Chris Perez having a perfect ninth to earn his 25th save on the year.

It was certainly a great start to the second half of the season, one that should keep Tribe fans on the edge of their seat through the beginning of October.

The matchup:

The Cleveland Indians will take on the Toronto Blue Jays at the Rogers Centre located in Toronto, Ontario on Saturday, June 14, 2012 at 1:07 p.m. EDT.

Ubaldo Jimenez (8-7, 4.50 ERA) will take the mound for the Indians facing off against the Blue Jays' Aaron Laffey (0-1, 2.67 ERA).

The standings:

Cleveland enters the game with a 45-41 record and in second place in the American League Central. They are 21-20 when playing on the road and have won seven of their last 10 games.

Toronto comes into the matchup with a 43-44 record and in fifth place in the American League East. They are 23-20 when playing at home and have won four of their last 10 games.

The series:

The season series is currently stands at 2-2.

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: Shin-Soo Choo- .295 batting average, Jason Kipnis/Asdrubal Cabrera- 11 home runs, Jason Kipnis- 49 runs batted in.

Toronto: Edwin Encarnacion- .293 batting average, Jose Bautista- 27 home runs, Jose Bautista- 65 runs batted in.

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