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W:J.Chavez(4-1) L:J.Masterson(2-3)
HR: OAK- None CLE- M.Bourn (1), M.Brantley (8)
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American League Preview from The Sports Network



Sunday, May 18th (All times eastern)

Oakland Athletics (27-16) at Cleveland Indians (19-24), 1:05 p.m.

Probable Starting Pitchers: Oakland - Jesse Chavez (3-1, 2.44) Cleveland - Justin Masterson (2-2, 4.31)

(SportsNetwork.com) - The hottest team in baseball finds itself in the Buckeye State this afternoon as the sizzling Oakland Athletics close out a three-game series with the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field.

Tied with both Milwaukee and San Francisco for the most wins in the majors at the moment, the A's have rattled off eight wins in the last nine outings, thanks in part to a 6-2 triumph on Saturday in the middle test of the series.

Brandon Moss recorded his ninth home run of the season for Oakland, a two-run shot in the top of the third inning as he finished with two hits and three RBI overall. Josh Donaldson also plated three and scored twice as he logged another three hits.

However, despite the overall good fortunes of the A's of late, starting pitcher Scott Kazmir was not around to celebrate. Kazmir was ejected early in the second inning for questioning balls and strikes called by umpire Jerry Layne. Kazmir ended up walking three in just 1 1/3 innings of work.

Coming to the rescue were relievers Dan Otero, Fernando Abad, Luke Gregerson, and Sean Doolittle, the former capturing his fourth win in as many decisions as he pitched 3 2/3 shutout innings.

"That's something that needs to take notice," Kazmir said of the bullpen's efforts. "It was incredible how they stepped up and just threw zeros up there. They attacked the strike zone, got quick outs."

Taking the loss for Cleveland, a team which has now lost three straight and four of the last five, was Josh Tomlin who permitted three runs on five hits and a walk, striking out a pair. Michael Brantley and Asdrubal Cabrera both came around to score for an Indians club that is last in the AL Central standings, 9 1/2 games out of contention.

Right-hander Jesse Chavez seeks his fourth win in the last five decisions when he takes the hill for the A's this afternoon. A member of five different clubs since 2009, Chavez conquered the Chicago White Sox on Monday when he allowed two runs on five hits -- two home runs -- over eight innings at home. The California native walked a pair but at the same time struck out seven in the win.

For his career, one that began with Pittsburgh in 2008, Chavez has a record of 0-1 with a lefty 8.49 ERA in 10 all-time appearances versus the Tribe.

Now in his sixth season with Cleveland, Justin Masterson hopes to bounce back from his loss to Toronto on the road earlier in the week. The right-hander gave up just six hits to the Blue Jays, but those, aided by three walks resulted in five earned runs over the course of 5 1/3 innings.

A product of San Diego State, Masterson is more than familiar with the A's, having appeared in 13 games versus Oakland, resulting in a 2-6 mark and a 6.02 ERA.

Over the last seven games the Cleveland pitchers have been roughed up quite a bit, resulting in a league-high 5.55 ERA, stemming from 10 home runs allowed which is tied with both the Yankees and White Sox during that stretch.

Oakland's pitching staff has been phenomenal so far this season, producing the only sub-3.00 ERA in the league at 2.92. Opposing teams are batting a mere .217 against A's hurlers, by far the best mark of any group of arms in the AL.

Oakland, which won only twice in seven attempts versus the Tribe last season, has taken a 3-2 advantage in this year's series following Saturday's victory.

05/18 10:21:22 ET

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Final
DUKE 47
TULA 13
3rd
ECU 42
UNC 27
 
1st
TOWSN 7
NCCU 0
 
1st
NCSU 7
PRES 0
 
Final
KAN 2
DET 3
Final
CHC 8
LOS 7
7th
OAK 0
PHI 2
 
7th
NYY 2
TOR 5
 
7th
COL 5
ARI 1
 
7:05pm Tonight
BAL
BOS
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PIT
MIL
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TAM
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MIN
CLE
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ATL
NYM
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HOU
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MIA
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STL
CIN
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ANA
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WISC 68
BGU 17
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MSU 73
EMICH 14
Final
VT 24
GT 27
Final
PITT 20
IOWA 24
Final
RICE 42
ODU 45
Final
UGA 66
TROY 0
Final
SYR 20
MD 34
 
Final
DUKE 47
TULA 13
Final
COL 21
HAW 12
 
Final
AKR 17
MARS 48
 
4th
WAKE 24
ARMY 21
 
3rd
KU 10
CMICH 10
 
3rd
ALA 28
UF 21
 
Half
FIU 3
LOU 28
 
3rd
ECU 42
UNC 27
 
4th
NAVY 17
RUTG 31
 
4th
SMU 3
TEXAM 51
 
4th
MICH 10
UTAH 26
 
4th
BYU 27
UVA 16
 
4th
WYO 10
FATL 16
 
3rd
MIZZ 17
IND 17
 
3rd
PSU 41
UMASS 0
 
4th
MINN 17
SJST 7
 
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ILL 6
TXST 14
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WASH 0
GASTATE 0
 
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SDST
1st
TOWSN 7
NCCU 0
 
1st
NCSU 7
PRES 0