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CLEVELAND — ost the Kansas City Royals on Tuesday night at Progressive Field in the second game of a three-game series.The Royals won the first game 5-1 on Monday to extend their season-high winning streak to six games. The Indians have lost three in a row.One of the major reasons for Cleveland’s improved bullpen is the addition of veteran Oliver Perez Dave Dravecky Jersey , who was signed by the Indians on June 2 after he was released by the New York Yankees.Article continues below ...The 37-year-old left-hander has pitched for eight major league teams in his 16-year career, and since joining the Indians, he has been one of the top relievers in the American League.In 40 appearances with the Indians, Perez has a 1.08 ERA while averaging 10.8 strikeouts per nine innings and holding opposing batters to a .120 batting average.Perez’s 1.08 ERA is the second lowest among AL relievers, and it’s the lowest ever by an Indians reliever with a minimum of 40 appearances.“He’s been terrific,” Indians manager Terry Francona said. “He’s held his stuff so well. We’ve allowed him to face right-handed hitters, and he’s been great. It doesn’t matter what inning we bring him in. We use him when it makes the most sense. When he’s in the game, there’s a lot of importance going on.”Tuesday’s pitching matchup features Royals left-hander Danny Duffy and Indians right-hander Mike Clevinger. Based on Duffy’s history with Cleveland, the Indians are one of his least favorite opponents.In 18 career appearances (14 starts) against Cleveland http://www.giantsfanproshop.com/authent ... ria-jersey , Duffy is 2-9 with a 5.38 ERA. The only team that has hung more losses on Duffy than Cleveland is Detroit (10).In three starts against the Indians this year, Duffy is 0-3 with a 10.80 ERA. His last start against Cleveland came July 3, a 6-4 loss in which he pitched six innings, giving up six runs and eight hits with three strikeouts and two walks.Duffy won his last start, a 9-2 decision over the Tigers on Aug. 29. In that game, he pitched six innings, allowing one run and two hits with six strikeouts and three walks. In four starts in August, Duffy was 1-2 with a 6.04 ERA.Clevinger is an unsung member of a Cleveland starting rotation whose 3.40 ERA ranks second in the AL, trailing only Houston (3.20).Clevinger ranks seventh in the league in innings pitched (170 1/3) and eighth in ERA. He hasn’t lost since July 28. In six starts since then Brandon Belt Jersey , he is 3-0 with a 2.21 ERA. Clevinger’s last start was a 5-3 win over Minnesota on Aug. 30, when he pitched 6 2/3 innings, giving up no earned runs and four hits with nine strikeouts and one walk.The last time Clevinger faced the Royals was Aug. 24, a 5-4 Indians loss, which was not charged to Clevinger. In that game, he pitched six innings, allowing three runs and four hits, with eight strikeouts and two walks.In eight career appearances (seven starts) against Kansas City, Clevinger is 4-0 with a 2.49 ERA.The Indians on Monday placed third baseman Josh Donaldson on the 10-day disabled list with a strained left calf. Donaldson was acquired in a trade with Toronto on Aug. 31. Manny Machado is on the trade market and oddsmakers have put a price on where he will be traded.The National League-leading Brewers are favored at +225.Early line movement has moved the Yankees from +300 to +400 http://www.giantsfanproshop.com/authent ... ria-jersey , while the Dodgers have moved from +550 to +450.The Baltimore Orioles are bad. As in bottom of the MLB standings bad. Manny Machado is good. As in leading his team in hits (111), RBIs (63), home runs (23) and batting average (.314) good.With that said, it’s likely that the Orioles will trade him before the deadline so they can get something in return before he bolts in free agency this winter.The oddsmakers are prepared for such an occasion and have posted odds for various suitors if he is dealt by the July 31 trade deadline.At +225, the Milwaukee Brewers are the most likely suitor. If you told me that they were the favorites to land him this past winter, I would’ve called you crazy. Will he re-sign with the Brewers this offseason if he gets traded there?Nevertheless, the Brewers are in a similar spot to last year. They lead the NL Central by a hair over the Cubs, but can they hold on down the stretch? Machado would certainly help.Philadelphia is the next most likely destination at +350, but the Phillies didn’t start there when odds opened Tuesday. The Yankees actually opened at +300 http://www.giantsfanproshop.com/authent ... ria-jersey , but have strangely dropped to +400 over the past 24 hours. All of this amid intensifying rumors of him headed to the Bronx.Heyman is indeed right that they’re not the favorite, at least in the oddsmakers’ opinion.Two teams whose odds have increased are the Dodgers and Diamondbacks. One rumor from ex-MLB general manager Jim Bowden may have something to do with that.The Dodgers have been known to splurge on trades in the past, so you can’t put anything past them. The Diamondbacks traded for J.D. Martinez last year, but that was before he became the second coming of Jimmie Foxx. Machado has a much higher profile and will fetch a big return, even for a couple of months of service.The “Machado Sweepstakes” may only last a few more days, but be sure to stay tuned @ActionNetworkHQ for any updates in the meantime.

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