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Wednesday, April 2nd (All times Eastern)

Cleveland Indians (1-0) at Oakland Athletics (0-1), 3:35 p.m. & 9 p.m.

Probable Starting Pitchers: Game One: Cleveland - Corey Kluber (0-0, 0.00) Oakland - Scott Kazmir (0-0, 0.00)

Game Two: Cleveland - Zach McAllister (0-0, 0.00) Oakland - Josh Lindblom (0-0, 0.00)

(SportsNetwork.com) - Scott Kazmir resurrected his career with the Cleveland Indians. Now he'll try to beat them on Wednesday when the Oakland Athletics play a day/night doubleheader versus the Tribe at O.co Coliseum.

Kazmir was supposed to go on Tuesday, but rain in the Bay Area prompted the first rain out in 16 years at the Coliseum, making Wednesday's doubledip necessary.

After making just one start the previous two seasons Kazmir returned to the league with the Indians in 2013 and went 10-9 with a 4.04 ERA over 29 starts. He also struck out 162 batters over 158 innings, earning himself a 2-year, $32 million deal with the A's.

"I know they're going to try to mess with me while I'm up on the mound, try to take away from my focus," Kazmir said. "But I'll just be locked in. I can't even stare at them because they're a bunch of jokesters over there."

Kazmir has been tremendous this spring, pitching to a 1.62 ERA in four starts.

Cleveland handed Oakland its major league-record 10th straight opening-day loss Monday, as the Indians scored twice in the ninth inning to grab a 2-0 win.

Nick Swisher provided an RBI single following Nyjer Morgan's sac fly, while Asdrubal Cabrera and David Murphy scored the runs for the Indians, who were coming off their first postseason appearance since 2007.

Justin Masterson was solid in his third straight Opening Day start as he gave up just three hits and a walk with four strikeouts over seven innings for Cleveland. Cody Allen (1-0), though, retired the final two batters of the eighth to pick up the win.

John Axford struck out two and walked two in the ninth inning, but worked out of trouble to collect his first save since Oct 2, 2012. Axford went 0-for-7 in save opportunities during the 2013 season.

Sonny Gray had a strong start for Oakland as well, going six innings and giving up five hits and three walks with seven strikeouts. However, new closer Jim Johnson (0-1) was tagged for both runs in the ninth to take the loss.

"I sucked today, I'll admit it," Johnson said.

Josh Donaldson had two of the five hits in the loss for the Athletics.

Opposing Kazmir in the first game for Cleveland on Wednesday will be righty Corey Kluber, who was 11-5 last season for the Indians with a 3.85 ERA in 26 games (24 starts). Over his last 10 starts, though, he went 5-0 with a 3.30 ERA.

In the nightcap, Cleveland will hand the ball the Zach McAllister, who was 9-9 with a 3.75 ERA in 24 starts last season. He also struck out 101 and walked 49 in 134 1/3 innings.

Oakland, meanwhile, had penciled in Jesse Chavez to make the start on Wednesday, but instead will call up Josh Lindblom from Triple-A Sacramento to make the start.

Chavez, Tommy Milone and Dan Straily will now all be pushed back a day.

Cleveland was 5-2 versus the A's last season.

04/02 10:27:44 ET

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Scoreboard
Local
Final
UWGB 66
ECU 49
4th
CHA 77
LAC 83
 
4th
CHA 77
LAC 83
 
4th
CLE 90
ORL 60
 
4th
PHI 84
POR 98
 
3rd
TOR 62
PHO 56
 
2nd
HOU 43
NYK 36
 
1st
DAL 16
IND 15
 
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UTA
CHI
Final
UWGB 66
ECU 49
Final
WEBER 59
NEV 56
Final
FRES 52
EVAN 58
Final
KYST 88
PURD 79
Final
LSU 61
CLEM 64
Final
ALCOR 95
DILL 73
 
Final
CHIST 46
UGST 69
Final
DET 69
MDES 55
 
Final
ARZ 72
MIZZ 53
 
Final
INDST 61
PEAY 57
 
Final
FLGC 58
MAR 43
 
Final
LALAF 52
UWMIL 56
 
Final
ODU 58
GWEBB 46
 
2nd
MD 76
ARST 73
 
Final
TOL 92
BUCK 65
 
2nd
JMU 77
COL 69
 
2nd
WINT 59
ETST 61
 
2nd
GSOUT 72
FIU 65
 
Final
BST 88
GRAM 46
 
2nd
APP 70
HAMP 59
 
Final
MAST 89
JVU 71
 
Final
XAV 89
MURST 62
 
2nd
WAKE 70
NICST 39
 
2nd
MSU 74
SCU 47
 
Final
LOU 87
SAV 26
 
Final
TENT 81
SELA 62
 
2nd
VCU 47
VILL 64
 
1st OT
OU 66
WCU 68
 
2nd
IND 54
EWASH 50
 
Half
ILL 31
BRO 35
 
Half
MSST 29
CLAYST 18
 
Half
BEL 41
LIP 27
 
Half
TCU 60
MVSU 20
 
Half
IOWA 35
PEPP 30
 
Half
MEM 38
PVU 23
 
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KU 51
RIDE 22
 
Half
BAY 33
STEPH 22
 
Half
INCWORD 51
A 34
 
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USF 18
HAW 14
 
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OKST 9
ORST 12
 
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WYO
FAM
 
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MARQ
YALE
 
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CHAM
PITT
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SHU
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NMST
STET
 
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ISU
ALA
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CHADRON
 
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NCOL
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MICH
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SDU
WMICH
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PORST
SIUE
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AUB
TULSA
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BYU
2nd Intermission
NYI 0
PHI 0
 
2nd Intermission
BOS 2
PIT 2
 
2nd
FLA 1
MIN 2
 
2nd
DET 2
OTT 1
 
3rd
BUF 17
NYJ 3
 
1st
NOS 0
BAL 7