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Indians Vs. A's: Series Preview

The Cleveland Indians open up a four-game series against the Oakland A's Monday night.

Aug 21, 2012; Seattle, WA, USA; Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Roberto Hernandez (55) pitches to the Seattle Mariners during the 4th inning at Safeco Field. Mandatory Credit: Steven Bisig-US PRESSWIRE
Aug 21, 2012; Seattle, WA, USA; Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Roberto Hernandez (55) pitches to the Seattle Mariners during the 4th inning at Safeco Field. Mandatory Credit: Steven Bisig-US PRESSWIRE

The Cleveland Indians open up a four-game series against the Oakland A's Monday at Progressive Field. The A's come into the game leading the American League Wild Card race and are 14.5 games ahead of the Indians.

After losing nine of their last 10 games, the Indians are looking to get back on track and play spoiler against the A's. Oakland has been hot during the second half of the season and has won eight of its last 10.

The A's bring with them a formidable pitching staff and defense, as they are second in the American League in runs allowed. That does not bode well for a Cleveland team that is 12th in the AL in runs scored. The series is likely to be low-scoring, as the A's are right behind at 13th in runs.

The first three games of the series are scheduled to begin at 7:05 p.m. ET. The finale is a matinee, set up for 12:05 ET.

Probable Pitchers

Game 1: Brett Anderson (1-0, 1.29 ERA) vs. Roberto Hernandez (0-2, 6.75 ERA)
Game 2: Tommy Milone (10-9, 3.87 ERA) vs. Zach McAllister (5-4, 3,50 ERA)
Game 3: TBA vs. Corey Kluber (0-2, 5.32 ERA)
Game 4: TBA vs. Justin Masterson (10-11, 4.60 ERA)

For more on the Cleveland Indians, head to Let's Go Tribe. For the A's, head to Athletics Nation.

Photographs by spatulated, Triple Tri, and chrischappelear used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.