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• Indians manager Manny Acta was pleased with what he saw from rookie right-hander Corey Kluber in Wednesday's 8-4 loss to the A's. Kluber gave up four runs (three earned) in six innings, ending with seven strikeouts and no walks. Acta felt it was a step in the right direction for Kluber, who has a 2.25 ERA over his last three starts.

"It's very encouraging to see the way Corey threw the ball," Acta said. "That's what this is all about. Take a look at these guys, see how much progress they make, and if they can make a contribution here going forward. He pounded the strike zone and was very aggressive."

• Cleveland has not fared well in afternoon games this season. Entering Thursday's 12:05 p.m. ET tilt with Oakland, the Indians were just 16-30 (.348 winning percentage) in day games this season. That was the second-lowest winning percentage (Kansas City, .333) in day games this season for an American League club.

• Indians rookie reliever Cody Allen cruised through his first 12 Major League appearances (13 2/3 innings) without allowing a run (earned or unearned). In his last three outings (four innings), however, the young right-hander has given up four earned runs.

Quote to note
"It's really hard right now to be playing like that, losing every day. There's nothing to lose now. We've just got to go about it every day, try to win each game, and try the best we can for the city and for the fans."
-- Indians shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera

• Indians manager Manny Acta was pleased with what he saw from rookie right-hander Corey Kluber in Wednesday's 8-4 loss to the A's. Kluber gave up four runs (three earned) in six innings, ending with seven strikeouts and no walks. Acta felt it was a step in the right direction for Kluber, who has a 2.25 ERA over his last three starts.

"It's very encouraging to see the way Corey threw the ball," Acta said. "That's what this is all about. Take a look at these guys, see how much progress they make, and if they can make a contribution here going forward. He pounded the strike zone and was very aggressive."

• Cleveland has not fared well in afternoon games this season. Entering Thursday's 12:05 p.m. ET tilt with Oakland, the Indians were just 16-30 (.348 winning percentage) in day games this season. That was the second-lowest winning percentage (Kansas City, .333) in day games this season for an American League club.

• Indians rookie reliever Cody Allen cruised through his first 12 Major League appearances (13 2/3 innings) without allowing a run (earned or unearned). In his last three outings (four innings), however, the young right-hander has given up four earned runs.

Quote to note
"It's really hard right now to be playing like that, losing every day. There's nothing to lose now. We've just got to go about it every day, try to win each game, and try the best we can for the city and for the fans."
-- Indians shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera