Indians right-hander Corey Kluber will put his perfect Interleague record on the line and look for his first win of June as the Tribe aim to snap a four-game losing streak when they face the D-backs on Wednesday at Chase Field.
Kluber is 5-0 with a 2.78 ERA (10 ER/32 1/3 IP) in five career Interleague starts, but has just one quality start in four June outings after all six of his May appearances qualified as quality starts (at least six innings pitched, at most three earned runs allowed).
He'll be facing Chase Anderson, who's also looking to get back on track. The rookie has lost his last two starts after winning his first five Major League starts, despite allowing just two earned runs in each of those defeats.
Anderson had a 5.73 ERA last year at Triple-A Reno, but has had much more success in the big leagues this year (3.18 ERA). Anderson's fastball averages just 91.8 mph, according to Baseball Prospectus, but he has exhibited good command for a rookie, issuing just 11 walks in 39 2/3 innings. In his last outing against Milwaukee, he didn't allow any free passes in six innings.
Indians: Kipnis struggling with consistency
Second baseman Jason Kipnis had his first multi-hit game in 10 days on Tuesday, going 3-for-7 in the Indians' 9-8 loss. After showing signs of ending his season-long slump in early June with a 10-game hitting streak, the former All-Star had just four hits in his last 30 at-bats entering Tuesday.
Even with the 10-game hitting streak, Kipnis had posted just a .282 slugging percentage in June, with just three extra-base hits -- all doubles.
Kipnis spent most of May on the disabled list with a strained right oblique muscle, which Indians manager Terry Francona thinks might have affected his mentality, too.
"I think he kind of has felt like he's not gotten into a real good rhythm yet," Francona said. I think because he's such a good hitter, I think he's gotten his hits and he has a presence at the plate. But from the time I've been around Kip, he'll hit and he'll get real hot, and it hasn't happened yet. But it'll happen."
D-backs: Two teammates face off in rehab matchup
Two rehabbing D-backs faced off at Chase Field on Tuesday afternoon, with right-hander Daniel Hudson pitching to outfielder Mark Trumbo.
It was Hudson's first time facing a live hitter since undergoing Tommy John surgery for the second time last June.
"It felt good to get back out there," Hudson said. "It's the first time in a year somebody's tried to actually hit the ball off me so it felt good, good to get out there and get some juices going. I really wasn't hoping for much except for no pain so it was good and I don't have any pain so that's good."
Hudson will throw a bullpen Friday and then next week just play long toss as the team continues to be conservative with his schedule. Hudson was just a week away from returning last June from his first Tommy John surgery when he re-tore his elbow ligament.
D-backs manager Kirk Gibson said it's possible that Hudson could go out on a rehab assignment in early August and be back in the big leagues by September if everything goes according to plan.
"He looked really sharp," Trumbo said of Hudson. "I'm really happy for him. This is a big time for him, this is pretty cool. He let it loose and his stuff was really, really sharp. It jumped out of his hand. I hadn't seen him before. I definitely went away with a lot of appreciation for the stuff that he's got."
It was the second straight day that Trumbo had faced live pitching. The outfielder is rehabbing from a stress fracture in his left foot that has kept him out of action since April 22.
Trumbo will continue to face live hitting at the D-backs Spring Training facility and should be running bases by the end of the week. His return is likely to happen either just before or after the All-Star break.
Addison Reed has now given up runs in four of his last seven appearances after his blown save on Tuesday night, his first since May 12 against Washington.
After giving up five earned runs over four innings in Cleveland's 9-8 loss to Arizona on Tuesday, Justin Masterson now has a 6.72 ERA in nine road starts this year.
Will Laws is an associated reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.