San Diego Padres @ Cleveland Indians
Scheduled Start Time: 7:05 PM ET
(SportsNetwork.com) - Alabama-born right-hander Corey Kluber can make his birthday week a winning one on Tuesday night when the Cleveland Indians host the San Diego Padres to begin a weather-impacted three-game interleague series at Progressive Field.
The scheduled Monday night series opener was postponed due to rain and will be made up on Wednesday as part of a doubleheader. The first game will start at 12:05 p.m. and the second is scheduled for 3:35 p.m.
Kluber, who will turn 28 years old on Thursday, was an 11-game winner in his initial full season with the Indians in 2013 and finished the season unbeaten in his last 12 starts before opening 2014 with a 6-1 loss at Oakland on Wednesday.
Kluber was touched for five runs on eight hits and walked three batters in just 3 1/3 innings of work against the Athletics, throwing 77 pitches before manager Terry Francona pulled the plug.
In 42 big-league appearances, he has never faced the Padres.
San Diego counters with right-hander Tyson Ross, who'd initially been moved to Tuesday so manager Bud Black could split the rotation's two lefties - Robbie Erlin and Eric Stults.
Erlin had been scheduled to start Monday's washed-out opener.
Ross made his initial start of the season on Wednesday and threw 100 pitches while going five innings in a 5-1 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers.
He's faced the Indians twice in his career and is 1-0 with a 1.38 ERA.
Ross won six games in his first three big-league seasons with Oakland, then went 3-8 in 35 appearances with the Padres in 2013.
On Sunday in Miami, Alexi Amarista hit a go-ahead three-run homer in the seventh inning to help the Padres overtake the Marlins, 4-2, and avoid a sweep of the three-game series.
Yonder Alonso picked up an RBI despite not recording a hit in four plate appearances. Amarista had the only extra base hit for the Padres, who snapped a four-game skid.
Ian Kennedy (1-1) picked up his first win of the season, yielding one run on three hits through six innings of work while recording five strikeouts. Huston Street earned his second save of the season after retiring the Marlins in order in the ninth.
Meanwhile in Cleveland, Chris Colabello continued his torrid start to the season by knocking in four more runs to lead the Minnesota Twins to a 10-7 victory over the Indians.
His three-run double off Blake Wood (0-1) in the top of the sixth inning snapped a 6-6 tie and propelled the Twins to a second straight win to close out the three-game series.
The Indians pounded out 15 hits, including four from David Murphy and three by Michael Brantley, but received a subpar start out of Justin Masterson and an even worse outing from Wood in relief.
Minnesota roughed up Masterson for six runs -- five earned -- on seven hits in just 3 2/3 innings of work, with Wood surrendering three runs in the sixth while recording just two outs.
Jason Kipnis ended 2-for-5 with a three-run double and Yan Gomes belted a two- run homer for Cleveland, which stranded 12 runners.
Cleveland took two of three from the Padres the last time these teams met back in 2008.