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Indians vs. Athletics Game Thread (Saturday): Josh Tomlin vs. Scott Kazmir

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Little Cowboy will get his third start of the year, going against a man many wish was still in an Indians uniform, Scott Kazmir.

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Oakland Athletics @ Cleveland Indians

Saturday, May 17, 2014, 7:05 p.m. ET, Progressive Field

TV: STO (CLE), CSCA (OAK)

Radio: WTAM (CLE), KGMZ (OAK)

Series Preview

LGT's Q&A with Athletics Nation

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Today's Lineups

OAKLAND A'S CLEVELAND INDIANS
Coco Crisp - CF Michael Bourn - CF
John Jaso - DH Nick Swisher - DH
Josh Donaldson - 3B Michael Brantley - LF
Brandon Moss - 1B Carlos Santana - 3B
Yoenis Cespedes - LF Ryan Raburn - RF
Jed Lowrie - SS Asdrubal Cabrera - SS
Derek Norris - C Yan Gomes - C
Josh Reddick - RF Jesus Aguilar - 1B
Nick Punto - 2B Mike Aviles - 2B
Scott Kazmir - LHP Josh Tomlin - RHP

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After Zach McAllister was roughed up early last night, Josh Tomlin looks to build on two solid outings in a row and provide some relief to a taxed bullpen. Tomlin has gone at least 6 innings and given up 2 runs or fewer in each of his starts so far this year.

It will be an interesting night for the offense. They've clearly had their struggles early in the season and have been very ineffective against lefty starters. It doesn't get easier with Kazmir, who has only failed to go 6 innings once this year (5IP) and given up more than 3 runs also only once (4R). His strikeouts have been trending downward a bit as of late, so hopefully the Indians can find a way to make solid contact tonight.

With the left hander on the mound, Chisenall again is left out of the lineup, however, Jesus Aguilar will get his first major league start in the field when he mans 1B.

Let's Go Tribe!

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Today's other AL Central games

White Sox (Hector Noesi) @ Astros (Jarred Cosart), 8:10 ET

Tigers (Rick Porcello) @ Red Sox (John Lackey), 7:10 ET

Orioles (Bud Norris) @ Royals (Danny Duffy), 7:10 ET

Mariners (Roenis Elias) @ Twins (Samuel Deduno), 7:10 ET

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Today's Indians minor league affiliate games

Triple-A: Columbus Clippers (Travis Banwart) @ Syracuse, 7:00 ET

Double-A: Akron RubberDucks (Will Roberts) @ Erie, 7:05 ET

High-A: Carolina Mudcats (Cole Sulser) vs. Salem, 6:00 ET

Single-A: Lake County Captains (Dace Kime) @ West Michigan, 7:00 ET

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