July 3, 2012; Cleveland, OH USA: Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Zach McAllister (34) throws a pitch during the first inning against the Los Angeles Angels in the game at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: Eric P. Mull-USPRESSWIRE
Cleveland starts three-game series with Oakland in midst of nine-game west coast trip.
After losing two out of three games against the Los Angeles Angels to open a west coast trip this week, the Cleveland Indians will try to get back on track as they open a three-game series at Oakland at 10:05 p.m. Friday.
Cleveland will start right-hander Zach McAllister (5-4, 3.46 ERA), who is coming off of one of his best performances of the season, limiting the Boston Red Sox to two runs in eight innings while striking out four in a win Aug. 11. Oakland counters with left-hander Tommy Milone (9-9, 3.91 ERA). Milone is coming off one of his worst outings of the season, giving up six runs in six innings in a loss to Toronto Aug. 5.
Oakland snapped a three-game losing streak by beating Kansas City on Thursday, but the A's had lost three straight prior to that game. They are among five teams separated by less than two games in the race for the American League Wild Card.