Indians Vs. Cardinals Preview: St. Louis Kicks Off AL Central Homestand

May 19, 2012; Los Angeles, CA, USA; St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Jake Westbrook (35) pitches in the fifth inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-US PRESSWIRE

The St. Louis Cardinals kick off a nine-game homestand against AL Central foes with a series against the Cleveland Indians this weekend.

The St. Louis Cardinals kick off a homestand against AL Central opponents with a match-up against the Cleveland Indians on Friday. The Cardinals' next nine games are all against AL Central teams- the Indians, White Sox and Royals- at Busch Stadium.

Cardinals starter Jake Westbrook, a former Indians rotation stalwart, looks to right his personal ship with a start against his old team on Thursday. St. Louis hasn't won a game with Westbrook on the mound since May 8, as he's allowed four or more runs in each of his past five outings.

The Indians have won just four of their past 12 games, dropping into second place in the AL Central behind Chicago. They are coming off a solid series in Detroit, though, where they took out of three from the Tigers.

Game Date & Time: Friday, June 8, 7:15 p.m. CT

Location: Busch Stadium, St. Louis, MO

TV: Fox Sports Midwest

For updates, stay tuned to SB Nation St. Louis. For more coverage of this series, head over to Cardinals blog Viva El Birdos and Astros blog Crawfish Boxes. For more general baseball coverage, head over to Baseball Nation.

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