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CLE@SD: McAllister strikes out six over four innings

OAKLAND -- The A's, who took the first of two, 6-1, from the Indians on Wednesday behind a stellar start from Scott Kazmir, will try to sweep the twin bill behind Josh Lindblom. The Tribe counters with Zach McAllister.

Lindblom was brought up from Triple-A Sacramento to start the nightcap. Clubs participating in split doubleheaders are allowed to employ a 26th man on their active roster for the second game, so the A's didn't have to take another player off their current roster to make room for Lindblom.

"He's pretty similar to a guy like [Jesse] Chavez," said Oakland manager Bob Melvin. He can give you the type of versatility, whether it's an inning or two or long relief or starting. His last outing was his best for us, started throwing a little bit of a slider, too, and now a four-pitch guy, so we're excited about seeing him perform."

McAllister, who went 9-9 with a 3.75 ERA in 24 starts last season, takes the hill for the first time this season. He struck out 101 and walked 49 in 134 1/3 innings.

Indians: Lee gets callup for nightcap
Cleveland promoted right-hander C.C. Lee prior to the second game to serve as the 26th man on the roster. According to baseball's rules, Lee is eligible only for Game 2 as the extra player due to the postponement being on the previous day.

"We'll get him here, try to get his legs under him a little bit," Indians manger Terry Francona said. "And he'll be available for the second game."

A's: Cook nearing return
Ryan Cook is "pretty close" to being deemed ready for big league action, Melvin said Wednesday.

The right-handed reliever, slowed in spring by shoulder inflammation, will make a rehab appearance with Class A Advanced Stockton on Thursday, and that could be Cook's final outing before coming off the disabled list when eligible Saturday.

Worth noting

• Prior to Monday, Indians closer John Axford had allowed at least one run in his first outing of the season in each of the past five years. Axford had an 18.69 ERA in 4 1/3 combined innings in that five-year, first-game sample. The righty turned in a scoreless ninth Monday to earn the save.

• The Indians won the season series against the A's, 5-2, in 2013. Oakland won two out of three at home, but was swept in a four-game set in Cleveland. The A's are 12-13 against the Tribe over the past four years and are 260-228 against the Indians since moving to Oakland in 1968. Comments