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Series Preview 5/29-6/1: Cleveland Indians vs. Oakland Athletics

Rajai Davis returns to Progressive Field on Memorial Day, just 208 days after he launched a game-tying two-run homer off Aroldis Chapman in Game 7 of the World Series.


The Cleveland Indians (25-23) and Oakland Athletics (22-27) open a four-game set at Progressive Field, their first of two meetings this season. Cleveland won four of six games in the 2016 matchup but is currently in the midst of a two-game losing streak dating back to August 23. Neither team has played particularly well as of late, each losing five of their last 10 contests and coming off a pair of series losses to the Royals and Yankees. Former Tribe outfielder Rajai Davis will be honored approximately 15 minutes before Game 1 in honor of his 12 home runs, 43 stolen bases and memorable game-tying home run in Game 7 of the 2016 World Series.

Starting Pitchers

Game 1 (5/29, 4:10 p.m.): RHP Carlos Carrasco (4-2, 2.93) vs. RHP Daniel Mengden (0-0, -.--)

Game 2 (5/30, 6:10 p.m.): RHP Trevor Bauer (4-4, 6.30) vs. RHP Sonny Gray (2-1, 3.34)

Game 3 (5/31, 6:10 p.m.): RHP Mike Clevinger (2-1, 2.82) vs. LHP Sean Manaea (3-3, 4.35)

Game 4 (6/1, 12:10 p.m.): RHP Corey Kluber (3-2, 5.06) vs. RHP Jharel Cotton (3-5, 5.56)

Projected Lineup - Indians

2B Jason Kipnis (.242/.274/.406)

SS Francisco Lindor (.283/.346/.545)

LF Michael Brantley (.304/.375/.456)

1B Carlos Santana (.232/.330/.400)

DH Edwin Encarnacion (.225/.348/.405)

3B Jose Ramirez (.274/.338/.469)

C Yan Gomes (.236/.325/.425)

CF Bradley Zimmer (.296/.406/.481)

RF Austin Jackson (.268/.333/.463)

Projected Lineup - Athletics

CF Rajai Davis (.206/.253/.316)

RF Matt Joyce (.194/.290/.351)

2B Jed Lowrie (.300/.371/.483)

LF Khris Davis (.227/.322/.517)

1B Yonder Alonso (.274/.375/.637)

DH Ryon Healy (.261/.295/.451)

C Stephen Vogt (.212/.268/.363)

3B Trevor Plouffe (.243/.305/.395)

SS Adam Rosales (.224/.269/.336)

Disabled List - Indians

7-Day: OF Lonnie Chisenhall (concussion)

10-Day: OF Abraham Almonte (strained right biceps)

10-Day: OF Brandon Guyer (left wrist sprain)

10-Day: RHP Corey Kluber (lower back strain)

60-Day: RHP Cody Anderson (right elbow surgery)

Disabled List - Athletics

10-Day: RHP Jesse Hahn (strained right triceps)

10-Day: RHP Bobby Wahl (strained right shoulder)

10-Day: RHP Ryan Dull (strained right knee)

10-Day: LHP Sean Doolittle (strained left shoulder)

60-Day: SS Marcus Semien (right wrist contusion)

60-Day: RHP Chris Bassitt (right elbow surgery)

60-Day: CF Jake Smolinski (right shoulder surgery)

John Alfes has covered the Indians for IBI since August of 2016. Follow him on Twitter @JohnAlfes for breaking news and in-depth coverage all season long.

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