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Did The Tribe Win Last Night? | April 18, 2014

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Game #14—Cleveland Indians (8-5) at Oakland Athletics (7-9)

By Mike Brandyberry

After a nine game, three city road trip, most teams are anxious to get home to the comfort of their own city and ballpark. The Indians, however, are 7-1 on their trip heading into to today’s final contest of the swing.

Last night the Indians remained hot on their west coast road trip, defeating the Oakland Athletics 5-1. Jason Kipnis had four hits, including a triple to drive in two runs and break the game open in the eighth inning. Jeanmar Gomez pitched five and one-third innings before handing the game over to the bullpen. Gomez earned his first victory of the season.

Today, Justin Masterson (0-1, 6.48) will try to give the Indians their second sweep of the road trip. After a dominating Opening Day performance, Masterson has struggled in his last two outings. His last start in Seattle resulted in him pitching three and two-thirds innings, seven hits and eight earned runs on 71 pitches. When he left, the Tribe trailed 8-1, but offense scrambled back to win the game 9-8. It marked just the fourth time in his career that Masterson did not make it at least four innings in a start.

Masterson will be matched up against Tyson Ross (0-0, 3.00) for the Athletics. Ross was recalled from Triple-A Sacramento to be the fifth starter. In his first outing this spring he left with a no decision, allowing two runs over six innings of a 5-3 victory against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim on Tuesday. Ross has made one start against the Indians in his career. In 2011, he pitched six and one-third innings in a 4-1 loss to Cleveland.

The Tribe bats will try to remain hot to complete the sweep of the Athletics. Jack Hannahan, Travis Hafner and Shelley Duncan have each had outstanding road trips at the plate and will try to send the Indians home on a high note.

Game time is slated for 4:07 ET in Oakland and the game can be found on television on Sports Time Ohio and on the radio on the Indians Radio Network.

Cleveland Indians Starting Lineup
1. Michael Brantley, CF
2. Jason Kipnis, 2B
3. Shin-Soo Choo, RF
4. Travis Hafner, DH
5. Jose Lopez, 1B
6. Jack Hannahan, 3B
7. Jason Donald, SS
8. Aaron Cunningham, LF
9. Lou Marson, C

Oakland Athletics Starting Lineup
1. Jemile Weeks, 2B
2. Cliff Pennington, SS
3. Josh Reddick, RF
4. Yoenis Cespedes, CF
5. Kila Ka’aihue, DH
6. Seth Smith, LF
7. Kurt Suzuki, C
8. Daric Barton, 1B
9. Eric Sogard, 3B

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