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1:10 PM PT2:10 PM MT3:10 PM CT4:10 PM ET16:10 ET20:10 GMT4:10 1:10 PM MST3:10 PM EST3:40 PM VEN0:10 UAE (+1)3:10 PM CT, July 7, 2018
Progressive Field, Cleveland, Ohio  Attendance: 33,195

A's Jackson hopes to continue success against Indians

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Oakland Athletics at Cleveland Indians

  1. Since June 16, Oakland is an MLB-best 14-3, including a series win over Cleveland in Oakland. Over that time, the Athletics rank third in the AL in runs per game (5.71) and second in home runs per game (1.59).
  2. The Indians enter this series having won four straight, and 12 of 16 overall, to take an 11.5 game lead over the Twins in the AL Central. This is the largest division lead by the Indians through July 5 since having a 13.0 game lead in 1999.
  3. Cleveland has won six of its last seven at Progressive Field against Oakland, a large departure from its 1-8 record in its last nine road games at Oakland. In their last seven home games against Oakland, Cleveland's pitching staff has compiled a 2.00 ERA, while averaging 12.0 strikeouts per nine innings.
  4. Carlos Carrasco will make his first start since June 16, when a Joe Mauer line drive struck the right-hander on the right arm and forced him to the DL. In five career starts against Oakland, Carrasco has managed four quality starts, a 2.41 ERA, and an 8.00 strikeout-to-walk ratio.
  5. Jed Lowrie is slashing .327/.388/.612 with 11 of his 14 home runs coming on the road this season. Among qualified batters this season, Lowrie's 1.000 OPS on the road ranks fifth in baseball, and his 18 multi-hit games on the road trails only Jose Altuve and Nick Markakis (21 each).
  6. In Cleveland's 3-2 victory against Kansas City on Wednesday, Francisco Lindor became the only shortstop in MLB history to score 75+ runs and collect 50+ extra-base hits prior to the All-Star break (first All-Star game played in 1933).
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 7/6/2018 thru 7/8/2018
(AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)

CLEVELAND -- There is no team Edwin Jackson enjoys facing more than the one he will face Saturday afternoon at Progressive Field. The 34-year-old right-hander will be on the mound for the Oakland A's, facing a Cleveland Indians team Jackson has beaten 10 times in a row.

It's been more than 10 years since Jackson lost to Cleveland. The last time, and the only time, he lost to the Indians was on Aug. 17, 2007, when Jackson was pitching for Tampa Bay.

Since then, Jackson is 10-0 against the Indians. In 16 career appearances against Cleveland, Jackson is 10-1 with a 2.76 ERA. His 10 wins against the Indians match his most victories against any opponent. He has also beaten Pittsburgh 10 times.

Jackson's 10-game winning streak against Cleveland is the longest by any pitcher against the Indians since Charlie Hough won 13 in a row from June 30, 1984, to April 4, 1988.

If all that wasn't impressive enough, Jackson's record in eight career appearances at Progressive Field is 5-0 with a 1.90 ERA.

The A's signed Jackson to a minor league contract in early June, and called him up to the majors on June 23. He is 1-0 with a 2.13 ERA overall this season after making two starts for Oakland.

"Based on the way he was available and the way he's been able to pitch for us it's a surprise, but he's always been able to do that a little bit with the sinker and the four-seamer," A's manager Bob Melvin said, according to USA Today.

"Now he just manipulates a little bit more and the off-speed stuff with the changeup speed and the slider. It really keeps you off-balance."

Jackson's last start was against the Indians, and it resulted in a 7-2 victory in Oakland on June 30. He pitched 6 2/3 innings, allowing two runs on two hits, with six strikeouts.

The Indians will start ace Corey Kluber on Saturday. Kluber (12-4, 2.64 ERA) started the season very strong, but has had a couple of tough outings over his last four starts. In his first 14 starts, Kluber was 10-2 with a 1.99 ERA. However, in his last four starts he is 2-2, with a 5.95 ERA.

Kluber's last start was a 9-3 win over Kansas City on Monday, a game in which Kluber pitched six innings, giving up three runs on seven hits with five strikeouts and no walks.

In two starts against the A's last year Kluber was 1-0 with a 2.03 ERA. In eight career appearances, including seven starts, against Oakland he is 2-4 with a 2.66 ERA.

The Indians won the first game of the series 10-4 Friday night. In the last two meetings between the two teams Cleveland has outscored Oakland 25-7.

The Indians on Friday designated for assignment reliever George Kontos to clear a roster spot for pitcher Carlos Carrasco, who was activated off the disabled list and started Friday's game.

The Indians will be adding another player in the not too distant future. The team has signed outfielder Melky Cabrera to a minor league contract as an eventual replacement for outfielder Lonnie Chisenhall, who was placed on the 10-day disabled list on Tuesday with a left calf strain.

"It's a significant strain. He's going to miss considerable time," said Indians manager Terry Francona.

Cabrera played 17 games with the Indians earlier this season, hitting .207. He was designated for assignment on June 14. He had three hits Thursday in his first game at Triple-A Columbus.

"Three hits in his first game is pretty phenomenal," Francona said. "We want to let him get his legs under him, but when he signed he knew he wasn't going to stay (at Columbus) forever. So at some point we'll have to make a decision (on how to add Cabrera to the major league roster)."

Updated July 7, 2018

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