Matchup: Derek Holland vs. Derek Lowe
Holland (2-2, 5.13 ERA): The lefty will look to rebound from two starts in which he hasn't been at his best. Holland has allowed 12 runs in his last two starts (13 innings) with six walks and nine strikeouts. ... Those two outings came against the New York Yankees and Tampa Bay Rays. ... Holland had three straight quality starts to begin the season and two wins (vs. Boston and Seattle). ... In three starts in 2011 against the Indians, Holland was 2-0 with a 2.55 ERA in 17 2/3 innings pitched. Cleveland batted just .232 off him. ... He pitched a complete-game shutout at Progressive Field last year, surrendering five hits and one walk and striking out five.
Lowe (4-1, 2.27 ERA): The Indians acquired Lowe in the offseason from the Braves after he went 9-17 with a 5.05 ERA in 2011. ... He's pitching better this season, with four wins in April and a solid ERA. ... The 38-year-old has four quality starts and is coming off perhaps his best start of the season. ... Lowe pitched 7 2/3 shutout innings against the Angels, allowing just three hits with two walks and one strikeout.
Hitters: Only two Cleveland hitters have more than one hit off Holland -- Asdrubal Cabrera, who is 2-for-9, and Carlos Santana, who is 4-for-8 with a HR and five RBIs. ... Johnny Damon is 0-for-7. ... Tonight might be a good time to get Alberto Gonzalez in the lineup. He's 8-for-16 with four RBIs off Lowe, someone Gonzalez saw plenty while both were in the National League. ... Mike Napoli is 3-for-8, but Michael Young and Adrian Beltre are both 1-for-11.
Sun at CLE: RHP Yu Darvish (4-0,2.18 ERA) vs. RHP Ublado Jimenez (2-2, 5.02 ERA), 12:05 p.m., ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM, FSSW
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