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Kansas City Royals at Cleveland Indians, September 29, 2012: Fan Preview

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The Cleveland Indians rewarded interim manager Sandy Alomar Jr. with his first win on Friday, September 28 with an 8-5 victory over the Kansas City Royals. Even more exciting is they have the opportunity to match their longest winning streak of the season with a win on Saturday.

The Tribe's winning streak now stands at three victories--their first since July 3-5. With just five games remaining in the season, it is a welcome change that the team has the opportunity to finish the year with an inkling of positivity.

On Saturday, Jeanmar Gomez will make his first start sine September 12 replacing the injured Ubaldo Jimenez who has been formally shut down for the season. Gomez is 0-1 with a 7.71 ERA in two starts against the Royals this season.

Jake Odorizzi will make just his second career start for Kansas City, his first coming in a 15-4 loss to the Indians on September 23. Odorizzi gave up three runs on six hits in 5 1/3 innings pitched in his debut.

The matchup:

The Cleveland Indians will take on the Kansas City Royals at Progressive Field located in Cleveland, Ohio on Saturday, September 29, 2012 at 7:05 p.m. EDT.

Jeanmar Gomez (5-8, 5.54 ERA) will take the mound for the Indians facing off against the Royals' Jake Odorizzi (0-1, 5.06 ERA).

The standings:

Cleveland enters the game with a 66-91 record and in fourth place in the American League Central. They are 35-41 when playing at home and have won five of their last 10 games.

Kansas City comes into the matchup with a 70-87 record and in third place in the American League Central. They are 34-45 when playing on the road and have won four of their last 10 games.

The series:

The season series is currently stands at 9-7 in favor of the Royals.

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- .286 batting average, Carlos Santana- 18 home runs, Carlos Santana- 76 runs batted in.

Kansas City: Billy Butler- .315 batting average, Billy Butler- 29 home runs, Billy Butler- 106 runs batted in.

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