Game 100 lineups: Nats at Indians

CLEVELAND - Hello from Progressive Field in the heart of downtown Cleveland, home of champio...sorry, that still just doesn’t sound right. This town is still awash in the glow of the Cavaliers’ NBA title, the first major pro sports championship by anyone here since 1964. And now the Indians are trying to make their own run, some 68 years removed from their last World Series crown. They may not be garnering as much attention as they deserve, but they currently sit in first place in the American League Central, a comfortable 5 1/2 games ahead of the Tigers.

And they’ve got one of their elite young pitchers taking the mound tonight to face the Nationals in Danny Salazar. The 26-year-old right-hander is 11-3 with a 2.75 ERA and 125 strikeouts in 111 1/3 innings. That’s a stiff challenge for anybody, let alone a Nats club that has often struggled to manufacture runs.


Dusty Baker does have his entire lineup back healthy tonight, though, with Ryan Zimmerman activated off the disabled list. Zimmerman will be in his familiar spot at first base, batting seventh. There are, however, some new wrinkles. For starters, Trea Turner is leading off and playing center field. Yes, that’s his MLB debut in the outfield. Bryce Harper, meanwhile, is being moved up to the 2-spot behind Turner and in front of Daniel Murphy. Jayson Werth, who will DH, gets moved down to the 5-spot, while Ben Revere will bat ninth and play left field...

Where: Progressive Field, Cleveland
Gametime: 7:10 p.m. EDT
Radio: 106.7 FM, XM 869,
Weather: Clear, 79 degrees, wind 7 mph in from center field

CF Trea Turner
RF Bryce Harper
2B Daniel Murphy
C Wilson Ramos
DH Jayson Werth
3B Anthony Rendon
1B Ryan Zimmerman
SS Danny Espinosa
LF Ben Revere

LHP Gio Gonzalez

INDIANS (56-41)
CF Rajai Davis
2B Jason Kipnis
SS Francisco Lindor
1B Mike Napoli
DH Carlos Santana
LF Jose Ramirez
3B Juan Uribe
RF Abraham Almonte
C Roberto Perez

RHP Danny Salazar

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