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Houston0 0 2 0 1 2 1 0 0 691
Cleveland0 1 0 4 2 0 1 0 x 890
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  W: C. Carrasco (6-3)   L: L. McCullers Jr. (6-3)   S: C. Allen (8)
4:15 PM PT5:15 PM MT6:15 PM CT7:15 PM ET19:15 ET23:15 GMT7:15 4:15 PM MST6:15 PM EST6:45 PM VEN3:15 UAE (+1)6:15 PM CT, May 26, 2018
Progressive Field, Cleveland, Ohio  Attendance: 30,639

Indians' injured outfield allows Cabrera to play vs. Astros

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Houston Astros at Cleveland Indians

  1. Houston swept the two-game series against the Giants and have now won 11 of the last 14. The Astros have a 1.66 ERA since May 7, by far the lowest in MLB since then (Phillies are second with a 2.61 ERA).
  2. The Indians took both games against the Cubs at Wrigley Field, outscoring the Cubs 11-1. After hitting .231 as a team in April, the Indians are hitting .273 in May, the largest improvement (0.42) from April to May in MLB.
  3. In his last start against the Indians, Charlie Morton went seven innings and allowed one run while striking out eight. Morton is third in the AL in ERA (1.94) and opponent batting average (.173) behind his two teammates, Justin Verlander and Gerrit Cole (among qualifiers for the ERA title).
  4. George Springer homered against the Giants on Wednesday in the win. He is the first Astro to have 10 doubles, 10 home runs, and 30 RBI in the first 50 team games of the season since Lance Berkman and Carlos Lee in 2008.
  5. Francisco Lindor had two hits in each game against the Cubs. He has 19 multi-hit games this season, tied for the fifth most in MLB.
  6. Michael Brantley provided the only run in Cleveland's 1-0 win versus the Cubs on Wednesday. Brantley is on a 12-game hitting streak, the longest active streak in MLB.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 5/24/2018 thru 5/27/2018

CLEVELAND -- With four outfielders currently on the disabled list, the Cleveland Indians were in need of some outfield reinforcements.

Veteran Melky Cabrera was signed to a minor league contract on April 25, but when Cleveland started losing outfielders to injuries, Cabrera was fast-tracked to Cleveland, where he'll be in the lineup Saturday night for the third game of a four-game series between the Indians and Houston Astros.

The 33-year-old Cabrera's contract was purchased from Triple-A Columbus on May 20. A switch-hitter, Cabrera brings some needed balance to a Cleveland lineup that was lefty heavy. Cabrera also brings a proven track record for production.

Last year, in a combined 620 at-bats for the Kansas City Royals and the Chicago White Sox, Cabrera hit .285 with 17 home runs and 85 RBIs. Since joining the Indians, Cabrera has started four games in right field and one at designated hitter. He is hitting .222 (4-for-18), with two doubles, one RBI, one walk and three strikeouts.

"His batting average doesn't reflect it, but he's actually had good at-bats for us," Indians manager Terry Francona said. "He doesn't have a ton to show for it, but he's had some good at-bats, and he's thrown out two guys from the outfield."

Two-thirds of Cleveland's starting outfield is on the DL: center fielder Bradley Zimmer (rib contusion), and Tyler Naquin (hamstring). Also on the DL are outfielders Lonnie Chisenhall (calf) and Brandon Guyer (neck).

The healthy outfielders are Michael Brantley, Rajai Davis, Greg Allen and Cabrera.

Houston has won the first two games of the series by a combined score of 19-4. Saturday night's pitching matchup will be a reprise of the pitching matchup on May 20 in Houston: Astros right-hander Lance McCullers (6-2, 3.20 ERA) vs. Indians right-hander Carlos Carrasco (5-3, 3.65).

On May 20 in Houston, McCullers and the Astros beat Carrasco and the Indians 3-1. McCullers was outstanding, pitching seven scoreless innings on one hit, with eight strikeouts and two walks. Carrasco pitched 7 2/3 innings, allowing three runs and eight hits with six strikeouts and one walk.

In two career starts against Cleveland, McCullers is 1-1 with a 3.75 ERA. Carrasco has made seven career appearances against Houston and is 3-2 with a 2.83 ERA.

Like Cleveland, the Astros also have been struck by injuries to outfielders. Starters Josh Reddick (leg infection) and Derek Fisher (intestinal discomfort) are on the disabled list.

Those injuries have opened the door for others. One who has taken advantage of the opportunity for some playing time is Tony Kemp, who on May 16 was recalled from Triple-A Fresno, where he was hitting .335.

In seven games since his recall, Kemp is hitting .400 (8-20), with six RBIs, three walks and two stolen bases.

"From an at-bat quality standpoint, he's been very good at staying in the strike zone," Astros manager A.J. Hinch told MLB.com. "He's been very good at staying in the strike zone. ... He's drawing a few walks, and that success has built some confidence. He knows he can contribute every day."

Updated May 26, 2018

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