For fans of the Cleveland Indians there is nothing better than a series win, that win is much sweeter when it comes against a quality team such as the Los Angeles Angels. On Wednesday, July 4 the Tribe flexed their offensive muscle dominating the Halos 12-3. Michael Brantley and Casey Kotchman both smashed three-run home runs while Johnny Damon racked up a season-high three hits on the day.
Starting Thursday, the Tampa Bay Rays come to town for a four-game series just before the All-Star game. Josh Tomlin gets the nod against Tampa's Jeremy Hellickson as both teams look to finish the first half of the season on a high note.
In addition to an exciting ball game, high school and college students have the opportunity to purchase half-price tickets in the lower-reserved or mezzanine seating locations simply by showing a valid student identification card. More importantly, hot dogs at the ballpark will be available for just $1 for the ever-popular Dollar Dog Night promotion.
The Cleveland Indians will take on the Tampa Bay Rays at Progressive Field located in Cleveland, Ohio on Thursday, July 5, 2012 at 4:05 p.m. EDT.
Josh Tomlin (4-5, 5.85 ERA) will take the mound for the Indians facing off against the Rays' Jeremy Hellickson (4-4, 3.44 ERA).
Cleveland enters the game with a 42-39 record and in second place in the American League Central. They are 22-19 when playing at home and have won five of their last 10 games.
Tampa Bay comes into the matchup with a 43-39 record and in third place in the American League East. They are 19-20 when playing on the road and have won three of their last 10 games.
The season series is currently stands at 0-0.
Where to watch or listen:
In Cleveland: Television- STO, Radio- WTAM, Indians Radio Network.
Nationwide: Television and Radio via MLB.TV (Television blackouts apply in Cleveland market).
The batting statistic leaders:
Cleveland: Asdrubal Cabrera- .293 batting average, Jason Kipnis/Asdrubal Cabrera- 11 home runs, Jason Kipnis- 49 runs batted in.
Tampa Bay: Ben Zobrist- .251 batting average, Carlos Pena- 13 home runs, Carlos Pena- 36 runs batted in.
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All statistics provided by MLB.com