Cleveland Indians announce pitching rotation for ALCS

Corey Kluber and Trevor Bauer (Getty Images)

Corey Kluber and Trevor Bauer (Getty Images)

CLEVELAND– The American League Championship Series starts on Friday and now we know the starting pitching rotation for the Tribe.

The Cleveland Indians said 2014 AL Cy Young winner Corey Kluber will be the starting pitcher for Game 1 against the Toronto Blue Jays.

Kluber has a 18-9 record and 3.14 ERA. He struck out seven Red Sox batters in Game 2 of the ALDS.

Trevor Bauer will pitch Game 2 and Josh Tomlin will pitch Game 3.

According to the Indians, Mike Clevinger will start in Game 4, barring any use of him out of the bullpen in the first three games.

Cleveland has relied heavily on the bullpen after losing two star pitchers to injuries, with late-season acquisition Andrew Miller rising to the occasion.

Right-hander Danny Salazar has been out since early September with a forearm strain. Last week, Tribe manager Terry Francona said he was sending Salazar to Arizona for more rehab, but added his return to the mound could be coming soon.

Fellow righty Carlos Carrasco suffered a season-ending broken pinky finger against Detroit on Sept. 17.  Tigers second baseman Ian Kinsler hit a line drive, hitting Carrasco in his pitching hand.

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