Major League Baseball fans throughout the country can watch a live stream Friday night as two American League Central Division rivals headed in opposite directions square off in a game that will be made available without any blackout restrictions by the social media giant Facebook, as the Chicago White Sox travel to Cleveland where they will meet the defending AL Champion Indians who are making bid to reclaim first place in the division.
After losing to the Chicago Cubs in a classic World Series that went the full seven games last year, Terry Francona’s Indians made a slow start out of the gate in 2017, and though they caught the surprising Minnesota Twins to take first place for three days from May 30 to June 1, Cleveland has now dropped four of their last five to fall a game-and-a-half behind Minnesota. But the three-game series with the cellar-dwelling White Sox represents an opportunity for Manager Terry Francona’s club to gain some ground quickly, before facing the Los Angeles Dodgers in a trio of interleague games next week..
“Potentially, this team is good,” Francona said on Friday. “We’re not showing it right now, but we’re going to. One way or another, we’re going to. We need to go out and play baseball the way we know how to play and dictate the pace of the game. We need to value how important every game is and leave it all on the field. If that’s not good enough, we’ll come back tomorrow. If we do that, we’re going to be OK.”
To find out how to watch a live stream of the Chicago White Sox vs. Cleveland Indians game on Friday, as well as start times, see the information at the bottom of this article.
Cleveland’s 31-year-old ace right-hander Corey Kluber gets the starting assignment on Friday, his second since coming off the disabled list on June 1 when he allowed just two hits and a walk over six scoreless innings in an 8-0 win over the Oakland A’s.
For the last-place White Sox, losers of seven in their last eight games, 33-year-old, six-year veteran Miguel Gonzalez takes his turn on the hill, bringing a mediocre 4.68 ERA into the contest at Progressive Field, having allowed 78 hits including 11 home runs in 69 innings pitched over his 11 starts this season.
In his previous start, Gonzalez was shelled by the Detroit Tigers for six runs in six innings, giving up 10 hits and fanning only one batter. Kluber, on the other hand, despite missing a month to injury in May, has whiffed 51 in just 42 1/3 innings so far the year.
But the Indians have been going through a rough patch as the season heads toward its midpoint, being outscored 35-17 in their last five games by the Colorado Rockies and Kansas City Royals.
The Chicago White Sox vs. Cleveland Indians game gets underway at 7:10 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time, 4:10 Pacific, at 35,200 seat Progressive Field in Cleveland, Ohio, on Friday, June 9. The game will live stream on Facebook, with the stream going online at 6:55 p.m. Eastern, 3:55 p.m. Pacific, at this link. The White Sox vs. Indians game will also stream live on mobile devices using the Facebook app. Visit the MLB Facebook page in the app to get the live stream.
While the Facebook live stream will be carried without blackout restrictions in all regions including the Chicago and Cleveland markets, paid subscribers to the MLB.TV service will also be able to access a live stream outside of the two home markets at this link, as well as on mobile and set-top streaming devices using the MLB app.
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