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Indians Vs. Athletics Preview: Cleveland Looks To Avoid Five-Game Skid

The Cleveland Indians are over halfway through their nine-game West coast road trip and over that five game span, they've won just once. The Tribe is in the midst of a four-game losing streak and will be looking to avoid increasing that number in their series finale against the Oakland Athletics.

Over their last 21 games, the Indians are 4-17 and have fallen completely out of the playoff race as the team is now playing for pride and trying to finish the season strong.

Indians manager Manny Acta will send Justin Masterson to the mound against the A's on Sunday. The right-hander has a record of 9-10 this season with a 4.50 ERA, and if Cleveland is going to bring its losing streak to an end, Masterson is the right pitcher to help them accomplish their goal.

The 27-year-old has won his last two starts, first against the Minnesota Twins at home on Aug. 8, then in the first game of Cleveland's road trip against the Los Angeles Angels on Aug. 13.

First pitch from Oakland Coliseum will be at 4:05 p.m. ET.

For more on the Indians, read Let's Go Tribe. For more on the A's, read Athletics Nation.

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