Records: Indians 26-42, 5th Place in AL Central (13½ games behind the Twins); Phillies 35-32, 3rd Place in NL East (5½ games behind the Braves)
Former Indians with the Phillies: Reliever Danys Baez was signed by the Indians in November 1999 after he had defected from Cuba. He pitched for the Tribe from 2001 until 2003, going 17-23 in 155 games. Fellow reliever Chad Durbin made a brief stop in Cleveland, appearing in 20 games in 2003 and 2004. Outfielder Ben Francisco came over from the Indians in the blockbuster Cliff Lee deal last year. He had made his Major League debut with the Indians back in 2007.
Broadcaster Larry Andersen (1975, 1977-1979) came up with the Indians where he was managed by Hall of Famer Frank Robinson. GM Ruben Amaro, Jr. spent two seasons with the Indians (1994-1995) before finishing his career with the Phils. And manager Charlie Manuel managed the Indians from 2000 until 2002, guiding the team to 220-190 record, winning the AL Central in 2001. He had previously served as the team's hitting coach from 1988-1989 and again from 1994-1999.
After his time with the Cardinals, Phillies, Giants and White Sox, and before his time with the Twins, Steve Carlton pitched in 23 games for the '87 Indians. He went 5-9 with a 5.37 ERA and 3 complete games. On April 14, 1987, he and Phil Niekro became the first teammates with 300 wins to pitch in the same game. Lefty was traded by the Indians to the Twins in July 1987, where he'd rattle around until eventually retiring in April 1988.
Indians Probables: Mitch Talbot, Jake Westbrook, Fausto Carmona