Cleveland to close the season hosting Alex Cobb and the Tampa Bay Rays

The Cleveland Indians will try to finish the regular season on a high note this Sunday, September 28 when they host the Tampa Bay Rays at 1:05 PM ET at Progressive Field, in what is the last game of the year both franchises.

-cleveland-indians-salazar-The Cleveland Indians will try to finish the regular season on a high note this Sunday, September 28 when they host the Tampa Bay Rays at 1:05 PM ET at Progressive Field, in what is the last game of the year both franchises.

For both teams, it will be about regrouping and finding what missed this year to get to the postseason.  Cleveland was in all the way in the race for a wildcard spot, but in the end other teams were just better.

“We know this last week was pretty much our season,” said center fielder Michael Bourn. “We’re not going to run from it. We’re going to stand up to their competition.”

The Indians will send to the mountain right-hander Danny Salazar, who started in 20 games in the season and posted a 6-8 record with a 4.25 ERA. Salazar was smashed by the Kansas City Royals 7-1 on his last outing.

“He came out of the chute working ahead, throwing a real good fastball and probably the best change up we’ve seen,” said manager Terry Francona of Salazar’s last presentation. “All of a sudden it was like a switch (went off).

“His pitches were up; his tempo and delivery slowed down and his fastball started leaking back over the plate and it was up. It was almost like two different pitchers. And a lot of it happened with two outs and nobody on.”

Tampa Bay will start Alex Cobb, who posted a 10-8 record with a 2.75 ERA in 26 starts this season.

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