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After struggling with the Oakland Athletics last season, the Cleveland Indians have fared well against them in 2013.

While the surging Indians try for a third straight victory over the A's, Justin Masterson hopes to avoid a third consecutive rough outing and end his recent struggles against the visitors Wednesday night at Progressive Field.

Cleveland (16-14) dropped eight straight to Oakland before winning the first two of this four-game set. Zach McAllister and two relievers held the A's (18-16) to six hits and Yan Gomes delivered a sacrifice fly as it won for the eighth time in nine games, 1-0 on Tuesday.

"When you pitch you have a chance to win the game," Cleveland manager Terry Francona said. "We didn't do a whole lot offensively."

The Indians have allowed an average 2.3 runs and recorded three shutouts during those nine contests.

Masterson (4-2, 3.64 ERA) allowed one run over 22 innings to win his first three starts, but is 1-2 with a 6.48 ERA in the last four. He's yielded 12 runs in 13 innings of the last two, including five and eight hits over 6 2-3 frames while not factoring in the decision of a 7-6 win over Minnesota on Friday.

The right-hander is 1-5 with a 10.36 ERA as a starter against the A's. He allowed 19 runs, 23 hits - six homers - and walked nine in 14 2-3 innings in losing all three starts versus Oakland in 2012.

Though the A's took two of three at Yankee Stadium over the weekend, they've totaled 16 runs while losing four of six since scoring 29 during a three-game winning streak. John Jaso had two hits Tuesday for Oakland, which did not have a runner reach second base.

Yoenis Cespedes was thrown out trying to steal second with one out in the ninth. Brandon Moss struck out on a 3-2 pitch to end the game.

"You've got to try it," Oakland manager Bob Melvin said. "Cespedes had to take that chance. If I didn't want him to go, I'd have put a red light on him."

Shortstop Jed Lowrie went hitless in three at-bats, and is 5 for 33 in eight games to see his average drop from .360 to .303.

He's 0 for 5 versus Masterson.

Oakland hopes for another strong effort from scheduled starter A.J. Griffin (3-2, 3.79), who allowed six hits and walked one in seven innings of a 2-0 win at Yankee Stadium on Friday.

"You expect him to have a good start all the time based on what we've seen since we called him up last year," Melvin said about the free-spirit Griffin, who serenaded his teammates in the clubhouse in English, Spanish and French while playing the guitar prior to that contest.

This will be the right-hander's first appearance against the Indians.

The A's are without outfielder Josh Reddick, who received a cortisone shot before the game on his sore right wrist after an MRI revealed inflammation in the joint. He was placed on the 15-day disabled list on Wednesday.

"The last few days have been pretty rough and I've been having a lot of trouble," said Reddick, who is batting .129 (4 for 31) in his last 12 games. "I don't want to be a guy rotting on the bench, taking up a roster spot and not helping this team. We'll sit out here, maybe (the next series in) Seattle, or even take a trip to the disabled list."

Cleveland second baseman Jason Kipnis had two hits Tuesday, and is batting .314 (11 for 35) in his last eight games.

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Probable Starters

A.J. Griffin, RHP
2013 stats
38.0 Innings Pitched 47.0
3-2 Wins-Losses 4-2
3.79 Earned Run Average 3.64
11 Walks 19
27 Strikeouts 44
100 Pitches Per Start 103
Career vs. opponent
- Innings Pitched 36.2
--- Wins-Losses 1-5
- Earned Run Average 8.10

Justin Masterson, RHP
Weather
weather image  Widely scattered tstorms. Cloudy. Mild.
Hi TempLo TempWindHumidityPrecip %
66°F57°F7mph/NE71%74%
Standings
TeamStandingsWLPct.GBL 10Strk
Oakland5th AL West3847.447114-6 L 1
Cleveland4th AL Central3844.4639 ½ 5-5 L 3
BATTER VS. PITCHER (Career)
vs Justin Masterson
PlayerABHHRBBSOAVG
Smith32121.667
Cespedes84011.500
Jaso94210.444
Moss52100.400
Reddick142213.143
 
BATTER VS. PITCHER (Career)
vs A.J. Griffin
PlayerABHHRBBSOAVG
Swisher42111.500
Aviles400010
Barnes000000
Brantley000000
Cabrera000000
 

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Game Odds
AwayLineHomeLine
Oakland 120 Cleveland -130
Injuries
Oakland
PlayerInjury
C. CrispNeck
S. DoolittleShoulder
S. GrayIllness
T. LadendorfAnkle
J. ParkerElbow
T. ThompsonShoulder
P. VenditteShoulder
Cleveland
PlayerInjury
G. FloydElbow
N. SwisherKnee
J. TomlinShoulder
 
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DateatResult/TimeWinnerLoser
Apr 6HOUHOU 2-0Keuchel Kluber 
Apr 8HOUCLE 2-0Carrasco Feldman 
Apr 9HOUCLE 5-1Bauer Wojciechowski 
Jul 6CLEHOU 9-4Keuchel Carrasco 
Jul 7CLE 7:10 PM EDT  
Jul 8CLE 7:10 PM EDT  
Jul 9CLE 7:10 PM EDT