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TOR@CLE: Ubaldo fans three over seven strong frames

Heading back to the friendly confines of the Oakland Coliseum on Friday to square off against the Indians, the A's hope they are leaving the flu-bug behind.

With several players beaten down by a cold during their seven-game road trip, including Coco Crisp -- who's missed Oakland's last two games -- everyone on the team is being as careful as possible to make sure it doesn't spread.

"It's like kindergarten," joked manager Bob Melvin, who has been carrying around a bottle of Purell sanitizer in his back pocket. "Wash your hands, do the best you can."

Weirdly enough, the germs have the A's playing some great baseball, with the team taking three of four games from the Angels.

Graham Godfrey will attempt to keep that going for the A's and notch his first win of the season.

Riding a four-game losing streak that goes back to last season, Godfrey took the loss Sunday against the Mariners after giving up three earned runs on six hits in five inning.

Godfrey will be up against Indians ace Ubaldo Jimenez, who will try and bounce back after a rough outing Sunday against the Royals.

While the right-hander surrendered four runs on nine hits in five innings of work, he took the no-decision after Cleveland scored 13 runs on 15 hits.

"The first three innings, it was hard to get in a good rhythm," Jimenez said. "I didn't have command with my fastball."

It'll also be up to Jimenez to keep the Indians on a hot streak that has seen them go 5-1 so far on a nine-game road trip.

"We've got a winning road trip. Obviously, we want to win more in Oakland, but we're already coming off a successful road trip," closer Chris Perez said after Thursday's 2-1 comeback win against the Mariners. "Oakland is going to be another tough series. They pitch it really well. Execution and small plays are going to be big."

Indians: Acta not worried about Hannahan's errors
Indians manager Manny Acta isn't worried too much about the fact that third baseman Jack Hannahan has committed a handful of errors early on this season. Acta still believes his reputation as a strong defender remains intact.

"He's just making them all early," Acta said with a shrug. "It's not like now all of a sudden he's not going to be a good defensive player."

Hannahan, who is in his second season as Cleveland's starting third baseman, had committed four errors so far this season.

A's: Allen claimed off waivers
Brandon Allen, who was designated for assignment by the A's on April 9 after Daric Barton's reinstatement from the disabled list, was claimed off waivers by Tampa Bay on Thursday.

"I went back and forth with him a bit the past week," A's manager Bob Melvin said. "I'm happy for him, and that's really the way I should look at it. He's such a great person. You wish the best for people like that, not only good people, but guys that work so hard and are great teammates. Really, he's a talented guy. He just needs a chance to settle in somewhere and work through some struggles."

Allen served as the A's Opening Day starter at first base, but went hitless in seven at-bats over three games following a Spring Training that saw him hit .314 with two home runs and 14 RBIs in 14 contests.

Worth Noting
• Indians manager Manny Acta indicated that the current plan is to send lefty Nick Hagadone back to Triple-A Columbus once shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera is activated from the bereavement list. Cabrera left the team on Tuesday to be with his family in Venezuela after the death of his grandfather. Hagadone was promoted, giving the Tribe eight relievers until the shortstop's return.

• The A's pitching staff tossed its third shutout of the season Wednesday, which is tied with the Giants for the Major League lead.

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