Originally written on Fox Sports Ohio  |  Last updated 8/30/12
At this time of year, it's important for playoff hopefuls to take advantage of games against non-contending clubs. The Oakland Athletics have had no trouble adhering to this standard against the Cleveland Indians. The surging Athletics look to beat the free-falling Indians for the seventh time in as many meetings over the last two weeks in Thursday's season finale at Progressive Field. With Wednesday's 8-4 win over Cleveland, Oakland (72-57) took over sole possession of the AL's top wild-card spot for the first time since Aug. 9. The A's, who are two wins away from matching last season's total, have won 11 of 13, with six of those victories coming over Cleveland (55-75). They swept a three-game home set against the Indians from Aug. 17-19, and are in position to sweep their first series in Cleveland since taking all four Aug. 19-22, 2002. Although the A's are seeking their first playoff berth since 2006 and the Indians are a major league-worst 5-26 since July 27, Oakland is focused ...
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