Indians-Blue Jays preview

The weather is warming and so is the Cleveland Indians bats. The Indians were last in the league in hitting, but against the Detroit Tigers they started to put things together in their last two games.

The Indians pounded out 26 hits in their last two outings. The two day total average .337. Know the team from up north will take on the Tribe in a three-game weekend series.

The Indians (8-5), who have won five in a row, maintained division tie with the Minnesota Twins (7-4). The Toronto Blue Jays are also 8-5, but they trail the Boston Red Sox 2 1/2 games.

Pitching Match-ups

Friday – Mike Clevinger (1-0, 0.71 ERA) vs. Marcus Stroman (0-1, 8.38)

Saturday – Corey Kluber (1-1, 1.57) vs. Jamie Garcia (1-0, 3.18)

Sunday –  Josh Tomlin (0-1, 9.00) vs. J.A. Happ (2-1, 3.94)

Whose Hot…

Indians – 

Francisco Lindor – 4 for 9 with homer, 3 RBIs and 3 runs scored.

Jose Ramirez – 4-11, HR, 3 runs and 3 RBIs

Jason Kipnis – 4-9, 2 runs

Blue Jays –

Curtis Granderson – 4-12, HR, 3 runs, 2 RBIs

Yangervis Solarte  – 4-9, RBI

Justin Smoke – 15-48, @ HR, 10 RBIs

Up next…

The Indians will travel to San Juan, PR to have a two-game series with the Minnesota Twins on Tuesday and Wednesday. Then for a three-game weekend series against the Baltimore Orioles. The Tribe will be back at Progressive Field on April 24 to take on the Chicago Cubs.

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Cavs-Knicks preview

The Cleveland Cavs are trying to clinch the fourth seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs. The Cavs have a strange back-to-back to close out the 82 game 2017-18 season. The Cavs will take on the New York Knicks (28-52) is both games. The Cavs (49-31) are just 1 1/2 ahead of the Indiana Pacers. The Pacers have one-game left. They host Charlotte (35-46) on Tuesday.

The Cavs are seeking their fourth-straight 50 plus winning season. The Cavs finished last year at 51-31.

Rodney Hood is probable (left Achilles), George Hill (sprained left ankle) and Jose Calderon (left hamstring) are questionable.

Not in uniform for the Knicks, Enes Kanter (sore lower back) Kristaps Porzingas (torn left ACL), Emmanuel Mundlay (concussion) Ron Baker (right shoulder surgery), and Troy Williams (broken jaw).

Game night #81

Cavs at Knicks – tip – 7:30 p.m. at Madison Square Garden.