Indians tweak slugging lineup for Game 3 of ALDS

Indians tweak slugging lineup for Game 3 of ALDS
Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona answers a question during a news conference before a workout in Cleveland, Sunday, Oct. 7, 2018. The Indians are scheduled to play the Houston Astros in the third game of their ALDS series Monday. (AP Photo/Phil Long)

CLEVELAND (AP) — Indians manager Terry Francona juggled his struggling lineup for Game 3 of the AL Division Series against Houston.

With his club batting .100 (6 for 60) in the series and facing left-hander Dallas Keuchel, the Indians are starting right-handed hitters Yandy Diaz at designated hitter and Brandon Guyer in right field. Also, Edwin Encarnacion will switch from DH and play first base, replacing left-handed Yonder Alonso.

The Indians were dominated in Games 1 and 2 by Astros fireballers Justin Verlander and Gerrit Cole. Cleveland has had some success against Keuchel, beating him on May 19 in Houston. The Indians scored three runs in the first inning and chased Keuchel after in five innings.

In his second matchup against Cleveland on May 25, he allowed two runs and eight hits in six innings.

Astros manager A.J. Hinch made two switches, starting Brian McCann behind the plate and using Tony Kemp as his DH instead of Tyler White, who served that role in the first two games.


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