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LAA@OAK: Milone strikes out six over seven innings

Tommy Milone has been waiting a while for a shot at redemption, and he'll get that on Sunday against the Indians.

The damage of his last outing didn't come against Cleveland -- it was six runs on nine hits in just 3 2/3 innings against the Rangers on Aug. 2 -- but he'll get the chance to make amends on Sunday when he starts for the A's in place of the injured Bartolo Colon.

Colon, a 14-game winner thus far this season, will be placed on the 15-day disabled list with a left groin strain, giving Milone his opportunity. Milone will square off in the series finale against Cleveland's Scott Kazmir at Coliseum.

Kazmir will be making his first start in nine days after giving up five runs over three innings on Aug. 9. The teams have split the first two games of the weekend set.

After being sent down to Triple-A Sacramento, Milone made two starts, giving up just two earned runs over 10 1/3 innings, striking out 15 next to just one walk. Now, he has another chance to prove himself at the big league level.

"Really, it was command, just throwing quality strikes," Milone said. "When I'm able to do that, I've been successful. I was able to do that while I was there, and it was a less stressful environment, so it made it a lot more comfortable to work on those things."

Kazmir, meanwhile, has been off-and-on over his last four starts. He threw eight shutout innings on July 24 and six scoreless frames on Aug. 4, but gave up four runs on July 30 and five on six hits in his last start, spanning just three frames.

"We were in a tough spot," Kazmir said of his last start. "I felt like, kind of leading up to the fifth day, that I can go out there and gut it out, and it just didn't work out. It was something where I just tried to battle through, every single pitch, and just tried to get quick outs. It just didn't work."

The Indians are 14-14 coming out of the All-Star break after going 51-44 in the season's first half. They've been held to two runs or less six times in the last 12 games.

Athletics: Homers helping A's
• The A's are a staggering 43-5 when hitting more home runs than their opponents this season.

• Yoenis Cespedes is the second player in A's history to hit 20 home runs in each of his first two Major League seasons, joining Bob Johnson, who accomplished the feat in 1933-34.

Indians: Trouble with men on base
• After going 1-for-9 with runners in scoring position in the series opener on Friday and 4-for-11 on Saturday, Cleveland is hitting .225 (21-for-93) in such situations over its last 12 games.

• Cleveland is 24-15 in one-run games this season.

Worth noting
• The A's have lost the season series against the Tribe -- they trail 5-1 with one game to go -- for the second time in the last three years. They're 11-12 against the Indians over the last three years.

• The Indians are 3-2 on their 10-day, nine-game road trip that includes stop in Minnesota (2-1), Oakland (1-1 so far) and Los Angeles to face the Angels next. Comments