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The Cleveland Indians have now been swept at the hands of the Oakland A's for the second time in August, capped off with the 12-7 loss on Thursday that saw them show rare life in the batter's box. It's the sixth time they've been swept since the All-Star break. They're well out of the running in the AL Central division, sitting in fourth place and 17.5 games back of the first-place Chicago White Sox.
Still, the A's are one of the top teams in Major League Baseball right now, and are now on a six-game winning streak. The Indians contributed four of those wins though, with the other two coming over the Tampa Bay Rays.
Justin Masterson was given the loss and is now 10-12 on the season. He lasted just four innings, giving up eight hits and eight runs, with three homeruns allowed and only one strikeout. He also walked two batters.Almost nobody came away unscathed, as he was replaced by Chris Seddon, who gave up two hits and three runs over two innings. Tony Tipp gave up a run in less-than an inning, while Joe Smith was the only one didn't give up a run. Chris Perez closed out the game and allowed a run.
Jarrod Parker got the win for the A's, even though he lasted just five innings, giving up eight hits and five runs, while walking three. Evan Scribner and Jerry Blevins both gave up a run, and that was all the offense the Indians could muster. Shin-Soo Choo had three RBI for the Indians, while Jason Kipnis and Carlos Santana both had two. Both Josh Reddick and George Kottaras had three RBI for the A's.
The Cleveland Indians look to break their four-game losing streak and take one game of the series against the Oakland A's on Thursday afternoon. The Indians will send Justin Masterson (10-11, 4.60 ERA) to the mound. In his last start, Masterson ended a nine-game losing streak for the Tribe with a 3-1 win over the Yankees on Aug. 25, and Cleveland hopes he can stop the bleeding yet again. The A's will answer with Jarrod Parker (8-7, 3.52) on the mound, who pitched eight scoreless innings against the Indians on Aug. 19.
The Indians will make quite a few lineup changes on Thursday as well. Carlos Santana will DH for the Indians and Lou Marson will take the catching duties, Wednesday's DH Jason Kipnis will play at second base as Jason Donald will sit. Brent Lillibridge and Matt LaPorta are out of the lineup as Jack Hannahan and Casey Kotchman will take their places at third and first bases, respectively.
The first pitch is at 12:05 p.m. EST.
Cleveland Indians Lineup
Oakland Athletics Lineup
The Cleveland Indians have designated DH and outfielder Shelley Duncan for assignment and recalled right-handed pitcher Jeanmar Gomez from Triple-A Columbus. Gomez actually appeared in Wednesday's game against the Oakland Athletics, pitching one perfect inning of relief.
Duncan has struggled this year batting only .203 with a .676 OPS with 11 homes runs in 81 games after a solid 2011 season in which he posted a .808 OPS. After a promising July Duncan's struggles have gotten worst in August, as he has hit just .120 with 14 strikeouts in 50 at-bats.
The 24-year-old Gomez has appeared in 15 games for the Indians this season with 13 starts, posting a 4-7 record and earning an ERA of 5.11.
The Cleveland Indians lost their fourth straight game Wednesday night, falling 8-4 to the Oakland A's. The Oakland win dropped Cleveland to 20 games under .500 on the season. Travis Blackley earned the win. Corey Kluber picked up the loss.
Cleveland finally broke a two-game scoreless streak when Jason Donald hit a solo home run to right field in the third inning, giving the Indians an early lead. Later in the inning, Ezequiel Carrera scored on a fielders choice to give the Indians a 2-0 lead. The advantage was short-lived, however, as Oakland third baseman Josh Donaldson blasted a three-run homer to left in the top of the fourth. Oakland added a run in the sixth and two in the seventh. A Brent Lillibridge sacrifice fly brought home Shin-Shoo Choo in the eighth, and a fielders choice scored Lou Marson later in the inning. Oakland added two insurance runs in the ninth.
Despite the loss, Kluber provided Cleveland with a quality start, going six innings, conceding just three earned runs on eight hits and striking out seven. The Indians bullpen struggled, however, giving up four runs in three innings of relief. To add insult to injury, shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera was thrown out for arguing balls and strikes in the first inning.
Cleveland and Oakland finish their four-game series tomorrow at 12:05 ET.
The Cleveland Indians have lose three-straight games and have been shutout in their last two outings, both against the surprisingly tough Oakland A's. The Tribe haven't scored a run in 24 innings, and gave up seven runs in the shutout on Tuesday. They've got two more games against the A's as they're in a four-game set, and the best they can hope for is a series split.
Cleveland's lineup won't undergo a huge makeover, however. Through the first five spots in the lineup, it stays the same and, all-in-all, only two players are being replaced. Infielder Shelley Duncan and outfielder Casey Kotchman are both out of the lineup in favor of Matt LaPorta and Ezequiel Carrera, respectively. The A's are making a couple changes, bringing in Coco Crisp and Cliff Pennington to replace Adam Rosales and Brandon Moss.
We've got the full lineups for the game below. It all starts at 7:05 p.m.
The Cleveland Indians have claimed reliever Scott Maine off waivers from the Chicago Cubs, as the team announced on Wednesday. The lefty was placed on waivers two days ago after the Cubs acquired catcher Anthony Recker from the Oakland Athletics.
Maine, 27, appeared in 21 games with the Cubs this season, posting a 4.79 ERA with 26 strikeouts and 12 walks over 20.2 innings. He's also spent significant time in Triple-A this season, posting a 2.88 ERA with 29 strikeouts and 13 walks over 34.1 innings. The ERA is certainly better, but his strikeout rate in the majors may be a stronger sign of potential.
This will be Maine's third organization in his six-year professional career. After being drafted by the Arizona Diamondbacks, he was traded to the Cubs in exchange for Aaron Heilman, and he spent the past three years going up-and-down with Chicago.
The Cleveland Indians would certainly like to win Wednesday night's game vs. the Oakland Athletics, but they'll have to score a run first. The Indians have been blanked in two straight games, and dating back to Sunday's loss to the New York Yankees, they haven't scored a run in 24 innings.
A's pitcher Travis Blackley will be the one looking to extend that streak. In 18 appearances (11 starts) for the A's this year, Blackley has posted a 3.52 ERA and 1.10 WHIP while striking out 56 batters in 84.1 innings. Blackley though, has been much better in Oakland this year -- his road ERA is over a full run higher on the road.
The Indians will counter with Corey Kluber, who's making his sixths start of the season. Despite his 5.32 ERA on the year, Kluber has been solid in his last two starts, giving up only a single earned runs in 10 innings.
Game date/time: Wednesday, Aug. 29, 7:05 p.m. ET
Location: Progressive Field, Cleveland, Ohio
The Oakland A's scored twice in the second inning and did not look back, beating the Cleveland Indians 7-0 Tuesday night in Cleveland.
Tommy Milone started the game for the A's and gave up seven hits, but scattered them effectively over his six innings of work, striking out five Indians and not allowing any runs.
The Indians had their chances to get back into the game but could not convert, going 0-for-8 with runners in scoring position and leaving nine total runners on base. Catcher Carlos Santana was the only Cleveland player with multiple hits, going 2-for-4 with a pair of singles.
Cleveland starter Zach McAllister lasted only 4.1 innings, giving up five earned runs on nine hits and three walks although he struck out eight. The bullpen kept the A's in check until the ninth when Joe Smith gave up two runs on two hits and a wild pitch.
For Oakland, Brandon Moss hit a three-run home run off McAllister and went 2-for-5. First baseman Chris Carter was a triple short of hitting for the cycle as he went 3-for-5 with two RBI.
The Indians are now 55-74 and have not scored in their last 22 consecutive innings. Cleveland has lost 12 of its last 13 games. The four-game series continues tomorrow at 7:05 p.m. ET from Progressive Field.
Hoping to slow down one of the hottest teams in baseball at the moment, the Cleveland Indians will look to right-hander Zach McAllister on Tuesday evening in the second game of their series with Oakland.
The Athletics enter with a modest three-game winning streak to their credit, but have actually waked away victorious in nine of their 11 previous outings. Much of this success has been due to a dominant starting rotation, as Oakland pitchers currently sport the fourth-lowest team ERA in the majors at 3.46.
Cleveland plans to employ its usual lineup on Tuesday against Oakland lefty Tommy Milone, a youngster who has been hit almost identically by opponents from either side of the plate this season (.258 average vs. left, .257 vs. right). With his team searching for offense at every turn, manager Manny Acta will need to hope that his duo of Asdrubal Cabrera and Michael Brantley (each is 2-for-3 vs. Milone in their career) can once again get the better of Oakland's left-hander at the plate.
Here are the starting lineups:
2. Josh Reddick - RF
The Cleveland Indians have lost 12 of their last 14 games, but they will look to turn it around Tuesday when they take on the Oakland Athletics in the second game of their four-game series.
Oakland won the first game of the series 3-0 behind a strong performance from Brett Anderson. Cleveland was only able to muster two hits Monday and will look to have better success on Tuesday against Tommy Milone (10-9, 3.87 ERA). In his only start against the Indians this season, Milone allowed four runs over five innings.
Indians' starter Zach McAllister (5-4, 3.50 ERA) has allowed two earned runs or less in three of his past four starts. His only bad start in that stretch came against the Athletics where he allowed four earned runs over six innings.
Game Time: 7:05 p.m. ET
TV Schedule: SportsTime Ohio
Roberto Hernandez allowed three earned runs over 2 1/3 innings in the start and the Indians offense mustered just two hits as Cleveland fell to the Athletics 3-0 at Progressive Field on Monday night.
The A's scored one run in the first, second and third innings. In the first, Seth Smith drove in a run with a sac fly. In the second, Josh Reddick hit a solo home run, and in the third, Chris Carter singled home the final run.
At the plate, Michael Brantley and Brent Lillibridge each recorded a hit for Cleveland's entire offense. Oakland starter Brett Anderson took a no-hitter into the fifth inning and lasted seven innings.
The Indians have lost 10 of their last 11 games.
The Cleveland Indians opened their four-game series against the Oakland Athletics on Monday, but through the first six innings, they are struggling to get anything going against Athletics starter Brett Anderson.
Anderson has allowed just two hits and no runs over the first six innings while striking out four. Cleveland didn't notch their first hit until Michael Brantley reached on an infield single with one out in the fifth inning.
Roberto Hernandez started the game for Cleveland, but left with one out in the third inning due to a right ankle sprain. The team is calling Hernandez day-to-day following the injury. He allowed three runs on four hits during his 2.1 innings of work.
Oakland got on the board early, scoring one run in each of the first three innings. Seth Smith got the scoring started with a sacrifice fly in the first inning. Josh Reddick extended the lead to 2-0 in the second inning with his 26th home run of the season, while Chris Carter drove in the Athletics' third run in the third inning.
Chris Seddon took over for Hernandez and has tossed 3.2 scoreless innings.