Just because the Indians entered with a baseball-best 26-13 mark didn't mean manager Ozzie Guillen was going to shy away from using his bench. So Omar Vizquel was inserted at shortstop batting second, Dallas McPherson was at third batting seventh and Brent Lillibridge was in center batting eighth.
They will all be going up against Indians right-hander Justin Masterson, who is 5-1 this season with a 2.73 ERA.
"I try to give the most lefties that I can against this guy," manager Ozzie Guillen said. "This guy throws the ball very well. His sinker is pretty effective against righties. I just try to get the lefties out there. Hopefully we make something happen. He's very effective against right-handers right now. Hopefully it works."
The left-handed hitting McPherson had a big pinch-hit single in the eighth inning Tuesday that led to the go-ahead run scoring. But Brent Morel had a three-run home run earlier in the game. McPherson is getting his first start after being recalled Monday when Mark Teahen went on the disabled list.
The switch hitting Vizquel gets the start over Alexei Ramirez, who has actually been heating up with a .333 batting average (12-for-36) over his last nine games.
Lillibridge starts over Alex Rios, who has been much improved over the past two weeks compared to his slow start, but he is hitting just .143 (3-for-21) in his career against Masterson. Like Rios, Lillibridge bats right-handed.
Not only has Masterson's sinker been effective this season, he plays that off his slider and has used an effective changeup and fastball. Right-handed hitters are batting just .148 against him, fourth best in the American League. Also helping Masterson's cause is the fact that the Indians offense is scoring 5.4 runs for him per game.
After the White Sox had scored a combined 23 runs in the first two games of the season, Masterson beat them in the third game by giving up one run on seven hits in seven innings.