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That's two in a row

The Tribe managed to outhit the Mariners on their way to another win last night. Cliff Lee finally picked up another win, but it wasn't pretty. He did, however, manage to avoid giving up a base hit to Ichiro. What's really surprising is that it isn't out of the ordinary. Aside from Sabathia, Tribe pitchers are relatively successful against the Japanese hit machine. He's batting .285 against them (them not including C.C.) with no extra base hits this year. This is successful only because he's rocking all big-league pitching to the tune of .377. Incredibly, C.C. is one of his favorite victims. He's .500 in 12 AB against the big lefty this season, and 11-for-25 in his career.

The Indians will finish up their Left Coast jaunt in Oakland this weekend; Oakland, who just lost three in a row to the Red Sox by a combined 23-7. Sound like trouble for the Tribe? Have no fear. The last time Oakland was swept by Boston, they followed it up by dropping two of three in Cleveland just before the All-Star break.

All the same, it should be very tough to take more than one game away from the determined A's, who are still in the hunt for a postseason spot, and whose pitchers (See also: Hudson's collapse) are overdue to hit their September stride.
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