Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Corey Kluber delivers in the first inning of a baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers, Tuesday, June 5, 2018, in Cleveland.

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Indians look for sixth straight win, host A's at 4:10 p.m. Saturday

Corey Kluber is 7-1 at home this season.

July 07, 2018 - 2:29 pm
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Cleveland, OH (92.3 The Fan) - The Cleveland Indians love playing at home, and the stats prove it.

Heading into Saturday's home contest (July 7) against the Oakland Athletics, the Indians are 28-13 at Progressive Field, tied with the New York Yankees for the third-most home wins in the American League. 

Saturday's projected starter for the Indians, Corey Kluber, is 7-1 with a 1.60 ERA in nine home starts this season. 

Tribe outfielder Michael Brantley's average balloons 47 points to .355 when he plays at home this season. The increase in average also occurs with Francisco Lindor (33 points higher, to .333) and Jose Ramirez (28 points to .324)

Kluber, Brantley, Lindor and Ramirez hope to play vital roles in Saturday's contest against the A's, as the Tribe looks to win their sixth straight game. It's the third time this season the Indians have won at least five consecutive games. The Indians won seven straight games from June 18-24. Saturday's game is the second of a ten-game homestand for the Indians.

Cleveland (49-37) currently has a firm grasp on the American League Central, leading Minnesota (37-48) by 11.5 games. The A's are 48-40, but play in a tough divison that sports the Seattle Mariners (56-33) and the defending World Champion Houston Astros (59-31). Oakland sits in third place in the AL West.

One player who won't have a role in Saturday's game is Indians reliever Andrew Miller. Tribe manager Terry Francona told reporters prior to Friday's game (July 6) that Miller would not be available for game action until after the All-Star Break.