Oakland Athletics at Cleveland Indians, August 30, 2012: Fan Preview

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The free-fall continues for the Cleveland Indians as they look to avoid a four-game sweep by the Oakland Athletics.

For a team that showed so much promise at the beginning of the season, the second half has been nothing but a disappointment. The remainder of the season will be brutal and if the Tribe continues to play the caliber of baseball they have been, a 100-loss season is a possibility. If that were to happen, jobs once considered safe may be on the line after all.

In an effort to stop the four-game losing streak the Indians will send their "ace" Justin Masterson to the hill. Chances are his remaining outings will be nothing short of an audition for other teams as the front office gears up for a major overhaul during the offseason. Masterson, along with Shin-Soo Choo and Chris Perez could be shopped around in an effort to re-tool the upper-levels of the farm system to once again contend in a few years. It is a sad reality Indians' fans will be forced to endure.

The matchup:

The Cleveland Indians will take on the Oakland Athletics at Progressive Field located in Cleveland, Ohio on Thursday, August 30, 2012 at 12:05 p.m. EDT.

Justin Masterson (10-11, 4.60 ERA) will take the mound for the Indians facing off against the Athletics' Jarrod Parker (8-7, 3.52 ERA).

The standings:

Cleveland enters the game with a 55-75 record and in fourth place in the American League Central. They are 31-34 when playing at home and have won one of their last 10 games.

Oakland comes into the matchup with a 72-57 record and in second place in the American League West. They are 33-30 when playing on the road and have won eight of their last 10 games.

The series:

The season series is currently stands at 7-2 in favor of the Athletics.

Where to watch or listen:

In Cleveland: Television- STO, Radio- WTAM, Indians Radio Network.

Nationwide: Television and Radio via MLB.TV (Television blackouts apply in Cleveland market).

The batting statistic leaders:

Cleveland: Michael Brantley- .287 batting average, Shin-Soo Choo- 15 home runs, Jason Kipnis- 63 runs batted in.

Oakland: Josh Reddick- .257 batting average, Josh Reddick- 26 home runs, Josh Reddick- 66 runs batted in.

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Sources:

All statistics provided by MLB.com

Paul Rados is an avid Cleveland Indians fan and a Featured Contributor for the Yahoo! Contributor Network. Follow him on Twitter @PSRados or leave him a message on Facebook.

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