The Cleveland Indians’ 13-game home winning streak has largely
contributed to them holding baseball’s best record through the
first month of the season. Heading into a West Coast trip,
improving their 6-6 road mark becomes the priority.
Cleveland begins a six-game swing through California on Tuesday
night against the Oakland Athletics, who have won six of eight at
The Indians (19-8) completed a 6-0 homestand following a
three-game losing streak with a 5-4 win against Detroit on Sunday.
Matt LaPorta had two doubles and three RBIs in the victory.
“A super, fantastic homestand. Just terrific,” manager Manny
Acta said. “Winning breeds confidence and these kids right now are
feeling pretty good.”
Despite their home success, the Indians have lost six of eight
on the road after winning their first four away from Progressive
Field. Following this series, they play three against Los
Acta said his team must carry over the success from its
“Expectations don’t change,” he said. “You try to win every
game. We’ll try to take some home cooking on the road.”
Fausto Carmona (2-3, 5.15 ERA) looks to keep the Indians rolling
by building on his most recent start. The right-hander beat Kansas
City 8-2 on Thursday, allowing two runs through seven innings.
Carmona’s numbers are much more respectable following his
opening day performance against Chicago on April 1, when he allowed
10 runs in three innings. He’s 2-2 with a 2.94 ERA in four starts
since, and has gone at least seven innings in three of them.
However, Carmona hasn’t been very impressive against the A’s.
He’s 3-5 with a 5.54 ERA in 10 appearances, going 0-2 with a 4.61
ERA in his last two starts.
Hideki Matsui is one of four Athletics hitting above .300
Matsui had an RBI groundout in the fifth inning and homered in
the bottom of the 10th on Monday to give Oakland (15-14) its fourth
win in five games, 5-4 over Texas. Despite his big day, Matsui is
“The adjustments are ongoing on a daily basis,” he said. “That’s
what I have been doing and it’s what I will keep doing.”
Matsui is 7 for 11 (.636) with a home run against Carmona, while
former Indian Coco Crisp (.545), Mark Ellis (.313) and David
DeJesus (.308) also have hit him well.
Crisp had the day off Monday as a precaution after he returned
Sunday from a three-game absence with tightness in his left
Starting pitcher Brandon McCarthy committed two errors, giving
Oakland an AL-most 27. Grant Balfour pitched around three walks in
the top of the 10th to earn the win.
“We’ve been up and down through April,” McCarthy said. “To start
May like this is something we needed. The bullpen was outstanding.
They stood up and got my back.”
Right-hander Tyson Ross (1-2, 2.76) will make his first start
against Cleveland after tossing seven scoreless innings in
Oakland’s 2-1, 10-inning victory against the Angels on
Ross pitched two scoreless innings against Cleveland on April
The A’s went 6-3 against Cleveland last season, winning two of
three meetings at home.