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  W: T. Bauer (5-4)   L: S. Gray (2-2)
3:10 PM PT4:10 PM MT5:10 PM CT6:10 PM ET18:10 ET22:10 GMT6:10 3:10 PM MST5:10 PM EST5:40 PM VEN2:10 UAE (+1)5:10 PM CT, May 30, 2017
Progressive Field, Cleveland, Ohio  Attendance: 14,184

With offense heating up, Indians host A's

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Oakland Athletics at Cleveland Indians

  1. The Indians snapped a three-game losing streak with a 10-1 win over the Royals on Sunday. Cleveland has recorded double-digit hits in back-to-back home games for the first time since September 3-4, 2016.
  2. The A's dropped the rubber game at the Yankees on Sunday, 9-5. Oakland allowed its third grand slam of the season in the loss, tying Baltimore and Texas for the most in the AL this year.
  3. Jason Kipnis went 4-for-4, ending up just a triple shy of the cycle, in Sunday's win against Kansas City. It was only the second time Kipnis has gone 4-for-4 or better in his career, having also gone 5-for-5 against the Tigers on August 10, 2011.
  4. Khris Davis clubbed his 15th home run of the season in Oakland's 49th game on Sunday. Davis is the first A's player to hit 15 home runs before the team's 50th game since Jason Giambi in 35 games in 2000.
  5. Carlos Carrasco has struck out at least five in all nine of his starts this season. The last time Carrasco had at least five strikeouts in nine straight starts was a run of 21 starts from June 13, 2015 -- April 19, 2016.
  6. Daniel Mengden went 2-9 with a 6.50 ERA in 14 starts as a rookie for Oakland last season. Mengden's ERA was the highest by an A's rookie with at least 10 starts since Dallas Braden in 2007 (6.72).
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 5/29/2017 thru 6/1/2017

CLEVELAND -- The Cleveland Indians finally are shaking the doldrums that plagued them for most of the first two months of the season.

In back-to-back home wins Sunday and Monday, the Indians' pitchers and hitters both had productive games.

On Tuesday night, in the second game of a four-game series with the Oakland A's, Cleveland will attempt to make it three wins in a row.

The Indians' offense has been in a slumber for most of the season, but in the past two games, a 10-1 win over Kansas City on Sunday, then a 5-3 win over Oakland on Monday, Cleveland collected 25 hits and cracked four home runs.

Carlos Santana and Edwin Encarnacion hit back-to-back home runs in the fourth inning Monday, which left Indians manager Terry Francona hoping for more.

"If we can get those two hot at the same time ...," Francona said.

Cleveland hitters will face a bigger challenge Tuesday. They will be facing A's starter Sonny Gray.

Gray began the season on the disabled list with a strained right shoulder, and Tuesday will be his sixth start of the season. He is 2-1 with a 3.34 ERA. In his last start on Wednesday against the Miami Marlins, Gray was very good, pitching seven innings and allowing one run on three hits with 11 strikeouts and one walk.

Talk is already growing louder about Gray possibly being a trade target for contenders come July should the A's remain an also-ran.

In five career starts against Cleveland, Gray is 2-1 with a 2.59 ERA.

The Indians' starter will be Trevor Bauer, who has blown hot and cold this season. In nine starts, Bauer is 4-4 with a 6.30 ERA. He is 2-0 with a 4.24 ERA over his past three starts.

In three career starts versus Oakland, he is 0-1 with a 2.89 ERA.

The Indians are still playing without three outfielders who were on their Opening Day roster but are currently on the disabled list: Brandon Guyer (wrist sprain), Abraham Almonte (biceps strain) and Lonnie Chisenhall (concussion).

Even so, Cleveland is still getting good play from veterans Michael Brantley in left field and Austin Jackson in right plus rookie Bradley Zimmer in center field.

The A's are on the last leg of a seven-game, two-city trip to New York, where they lost two of three games to the Yankees, and to Cleveland.

Oakland features an all-or-nothing offense, filled with lots of home runs and lots of strikeouts. In the first game of the Cleveland series Monday, the A's hit three home runs and struck out 12 times.

The A's rank third in the league in home runs, and they have the fourth-most strikeouts.

"That's who we are," A's manager Bob Melvin said. "We hit a lot of home runs and we strike out a lot. If we're losing, every inning our pitchers put up a zero is good, because we feel we can get back into games with a home run."

Cleveland's pitchers are in the middle of the pack when it comes to allowing home runs, while Oakland's staff has surrendered the fewest homers in the American League.

Updated May 29, 2017

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