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Major League Baseball
Preview
Cleveland at Chi. White Sox
When: 8:10 PM ET, Friday, July 28, 2017
Where: Guaranteed Rate Field, Chicago, Illinois

Francisco Lindor and the Cleveland Indians hope the comforts of home travel well as the team begins a six-game road trip on Friday with the opener of a three-game series against the spiraling Chicago White Sox. Lindor extended both his hitting streak and the Indians' string of wins to seven games on Thursday with a two-out RBI single in the seventh inning of a 2-1 triumph over the Los Angeles Angels.

Lindor went 11-for-28 during the seven-game homestand and is 29-for-93 this month with nine extra-base hits (seven doubles, a triple, a homer) and 10 RBIs. The 23-year-old looks to continue his good fortune versus Friday starter Derek Holland, against whom he is 4-for-11 with a solo homer. While American League Central-leading Cleveland erupted for 52 runs on the homestand to move a season-high 10 games over .500, Chicago has dropped seven straight at home and 12 of 13 overall. Jose Abreu belted a pair of solo shots in Thursday's 6-3 loss to the cross-town Cubs and is 8-for-21 with three homers in his career versus Friday starter Danny Salazar.

TV: 8:10 p.m. ET, SportsTime Ohio (Cleveland), CSN Chicago

PITCHING MATCHUP: Indians RH Danny Salazar (3-5, 4.79 ERA) vs. White Sox LH Derek Holland (5-9, 5.12)

Salazar authored a gem against Toronto on Saturday in his first start since coming off the disabled list, allowing just one hit and striking out eight over seven scoreless innings before settling for his third straight no-decision. "I wanted to be aggressive," the 27-year-old Dominican told reporters. "My fastball was working. If I'm healthy, I know I can do that. Knowing I'm able to help the team, that was great for me." Salazar didn't feel great after struggling in his last encounter with the White Sox on April 23, permitting four runs and seven hits in a 6-2 loss.

Holland saw his winless stretch extend to six starts on Sunday after permitting three solo homers in 4 2/3 innings of a no-decision at Kansas City. The 30-year-old is 0-3 in his last six outings and 1-6 in his last 10. Holland fared far better in his two turns versus Cleveland earlier this year, picking up the win on April 12 after allowing one hit over six scoreless innings and doing the same after yielding one run and three hits in six frames just 11 days later.

WALK-OFFS

1. Cleveland 1B Carlos Santana has gone deep three times in his last four games and is batting a team-high .328 in July with four homers, 13 RBIs and 11 runs scored.

2. Chicago DH Matt Davidson is 0-for-10 with four strikeouts in his last three contests on the heels of a seven-game hitting streak.

3. Indians CF Bradley Zimmer is 9-for-17 with six extra-base hits (four doubles, two homers) and eight RBIs during his five-game hitting streak.

PREDICTION: Indians 4, White Sox 2
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away East Central West IL
Cleveland 55-45 W7 28-24 27-21 8-5 23-20 19-7 5-13
Chi. White Sox 39-60 L3 19-25 20-35 10-13 19-23 6-13 4-11
Last Meeting
Cleveland Chi. White Sox
Date Away Home Avg HR OPS Avg HR OPS
6/11/17 CHW 2 CLE 4 .226 0 .617 .250 0 .627
Player Stats
Season Series
Batting Player Avg Hits OPS
Cleveland M. Brantley .273 9 .860
Chi. White Sox A. Garcia .303 10 .737
Offense Player HR Runs RBI
Cleveland E. Encarnacion 3 5 6
Chi. White Sox T. Anderson 1 4 1
Pitching ERA Avg K
Cleveland 2.89 .217 90
Chi. White Sox 3.50 .242 75
Season
Batting Player Avg Hits OPS
Cleveland J. Ramirez .316 120 .930
Chi. White Sox A. Garcia .303 103 .832
Offense Player HR Runs RBI
Cleveland E. Encarnacion 21 61 59
Chi. White Sox M. Davidson 19 34 44
Pitching ERA Avg K
Cleveland 3.70 .263 978
Chi. White Sox 4.61 .256 771