Game 2: Sox at Tribe lineups

White Sox (1-0) at Indians (0-1)
at Progressive Field, 1:05 p.m. ET

1. Juan Pierre, LF
2. Gordon Beckham, 2B
3. Adam Dunn, DH
4. Paul Konerko, 1B
5. Alex Rios, CF
6. Carlos Quentin, RF
7. A.J. Pierzynski, C
8. Alexei Ramirez, SS
9. Brent Morel, 3B

Pitching: RHP Edwin Jackson (0-0)

1. Michael Brantley, CF
2. Asdrubal Cabrera, SS
3. Shin-Soo Choo, RF
4. Carlos Santana, C
5. Travis Hafner, DH
6. Orlando Cabrera, 2B
7. Travis Buck, LF
8. Matt LaPorta, 1B
9. Jack Hannahan, 3B

Pitching: RHP Carlos Carrasco (0-0)

NOTE: Apologies for the lack of bloggage in the past couple of days. You may have noticed my byline absent some on the Opening Day coverage, too. Been dealing with a MLBastian family emergency and that has consumed much of my time. Everyone is OK, so no worries there. I have a couple nice Indians anecdotes saved that I will share with you here in the next few days. Thanks for understanding.



When you post the game 3 lineups tomorrow, emphasize tradition. Winning game 3 may be vital. Why? The thought of getting swept by a division rival’s manager who says it is stupid to open in Cleveland ala Joakim Noah of the Bulls, followed by the obnoxious Red Sox Nation every year that are supposed to win the AL East, and possibly AL and World Series Championships, followed by the possibility of facing a former employee who would like nothing better than to beat his former employer equals a lot of venom for losing if we don’t get this “losing streak” under control now! Pass it onto to the team. Thanks! Can we say Cleveland Cavaliers of 2010-2011? Learn from them, Indians! Take the lead tomorrow, please, at least.

Im tired of always being expected to like the following traditions: slow starts are okay, losing series to Boston (2007 and NBA) and trusting that Wedge himself was the cause for the slow start. If all three keep us losing, we will start to look like the 2010-2011 Cavs, just not so bad! Give us some hope here, please.

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