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Athletics aim to keep slugging vs. Indians

May 12, 2007 - 1:16 PM Cleveland (20-13) at Oakland (18-16) 4:05 pm EDT

OAKLAND, California (Ticker) -- The Oakland Athletics aim to continue their offensive outburst when they take on the Cleveland Indians in the middle game of a three-game set on Saturday.

Jack Cust ignited a five-run outburst in the seventh inning with a two-run homer and Joe Blanton tossed seven-plus impressive frames as the Athletics posted an 8-2 triumph over the Indians on Friday.

One of the worst offensive teams in the league so far this season, Oakland has seen its bats come alive recently. The A's pounded out 14 hits, including two homers, in Friday's contest, one night after setting season-highs for runs, hits and homers in a 17-3 victory over Kansas City.

Oakland's hot bats now will aim to support rookie Dallas Braden (1-1, 5.23), who will be making his third career start. He will be recalled from Class AAA Sacramento to replace injured hurler Rich Harden, who is on the disabled list with a shoulder injury.

Braden made two starts in April before being sent down to the minors.

He will be opposed by Fausto Carmona (3-1, 2.97), who will look to win his career-high fourth straight start. He has allowed just three runs in his last 23 frames.

The hard-throwing righthander also spent some time in the minors, getting demoted on May 1 after Cliff Lee was activated from the disabled list. But Carmona was recalled Monday when Jake Westbrook was sidelined.

After winning seven of nine games, the Indians have lost three straight.








  • AL
    FINAL
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    CLEVELAND 0 1 0 3 0 1 1 0 0 6 11 0
    OAKLAND 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 6 3 (FINAL)

    BATTERIES: CLE - FAUSTO CARMONA, AARON FULTZ (8TH), JOE BOROWSKI (9TH) AND
    VICTOR MARTINEZ
    OAK - DALLAS BRADEN, KIKO CALERO (5TH), LENNY DINARDO
    (6TH), JAY WITASICK (7TH), HU

    May 12 7:12 PM


  • AL
    AT OAKLAND - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY RYAN GARKO SCORED JASON MICHAELS.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, R GARKO ON FIRST, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: CLEVELAND 6
    OAKLAND 3 TOP, 7TH
    DUE UP FOR CLEVELAND: J PERALTA (.248, 1-FOR-3)

    Indians vs. AthleticsMay 12 6:15 PM


  • AL
    AT OAKLAND - SCORING UPDATE
    TRIPLE BY JOSH BARFIELD SCORED CASEY BLAKE.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, J BARFIELD ON THIRD, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: CLEVELAND 5
    OAKLAND 3 TOP, 6TH
    DUE UP FOR CLEVELAND: F GUTIERREZ (.333, 1-FOR-2, RBI)

    Indians vs. AthleticsMay 12 5:50 PM


  • AL
    AT OAKLAND - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY FRANKLIN GUTIERREZ SCORED JHONNY PERALTA. ERROR
    BY ERIC CHAVEZ ALLOWED CASEY BLAKE TO SCORE.
    SITUATION: 3 RUNS IN, F GUTIERREZ ON SECOND, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: CLEVELAND 4
    OAKLAND 3 TOP, 4TH
    DUE UP FOR CLEVELAND: G SIZEMORE (.244, 0-FOR-2)

    Indians vs. AthleticsMay 12 5:11 PM


  • AL
    AT OAKLAND - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY CASEY BLAKE SCORED RYAN GARKO.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, C BLAKE ON FIRST, J PERALTA ON SECOND, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: CLEVELAND 2
    OAKLAND 3 TOP, 4TH
    DUE UP FOR CLEVELAND: J BARFIELD (.209, 1-FOR-1, RBI)

    Indians vs. AthleticsMay 12 5:05 PM


  • AL
    AT OAKLAND - SCORING UPDATE
    TRIPLE BY JOSH BARFIELD SCORED CASEY BLAKE.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, J BARFIELD ON THIRD, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: CLEVELAND 1
    OAKLAND 3 TOP, 2ND
    DUE UP FOR CLEVELAND: F GUTIERREZ (.000, 0 HR, 0 RBI)

    Indians vs. AthleticsMay 12 4:35 PM


  • AL
    AT OAKLAND - SCORING UPDATE
    TWO-RUN HOME RUN BY JACK CUST (5) TO LEFT CENTER WITH 2 OUT
    IN THE 1ST OFF FAUSTO CARMONA SCORED DAN JOHNSON.
    CURRENT SCORE: CLEVELAND 0, OAKLAND 3
    DUE UP FOR OAKLAND: B CROSBY (.232, 3 HR, 12 RBI)

    Indians vs. AthleticsMay 12 4:26 PM


  • AL
    AT OAKLAND - SCORING UPDATE
    GROUND RULE DOUBLE BY NICK SWISHER SCORED SHANNON STEWART.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, N SWISHER ON SECOND, 0 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: CLEVELAND 0
    OAKLAND 1 BOTTOM, 1ST
    DUE UP FOR OAKLAND: E CHAVEZ (.257, 4 HR, 19 RBI)

    Indians vs. AthleticsMay 12 4:22 PM