04/08 Padres Preview: Game 8 vs. Indians

Denis Poroy

Ross and Kluber kick off the interleague matchup in Cleveland.

After yesterday's rain-out, Robbie Erlin will have to wait until tomorrow morning to make his first start of the season. Today, Tyson Ross will keep his planned start against the Indians and try to get his first win of 2014 while working on six days of rest thanks to the off day on Thursday. Ross went five innings and threw 100 pitches in his season debut against the Dodgers last week, giving up four runs (three earned) on five hits and four walks, though striking out seven along the way. Ross has pitched against Cleveland twice in his career, going 1-0 with a 1.38 ERA. He hasn't faced them since 2012 as a member of the Athletics, however.

Yesterday's scheduled starter for Cleveland, Corey Kluber, will pitch opposite Ross today. Kluber already had a start postponed due to rain earlier this month when the Indians took on the A's in Oakland. He made his season debut on Wednesday, instead of Tuesday, last week and didn't fare well against A's hitting. He gave up five runs on eight hits and three walks, lasting just 3 1/3 innings'.

Kluber hopes to bounce back against a team who has had their share of struggles to start their 2014 season. Our Friars are coming off a win in their series finale against the Marlins, but prior to that had racked up four straight losses. Over their first six games, they are batting just .189 as a team and combining for only 12 runs. Cleveland has played a little better, going 3-3 over their first six games and batting .257 as a team with 26 runs.

Tune in at 4:05 this afternoon as these two interleague teams face each other for the first time in a regular season contest since 2008.

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