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LAA@OAK: Parker earns first 2013 win with solid start

The A's will try to improve their record against teams outside their division on Monday, and they'll be doing it against one of the hottest teams in the American League.

Oakland has a superb 13-3 record within the AL West, but with a 5-4 win on Sunday against the Yankees, its record against teams from other divisions in baseball improved to just 5-11.

The A's will be challenged to improve that mark against Cleveland on Monday, with the Indians searching for their seventh win in eight games.

Cleveland's Ubaldo Jimenez is set to square off against Oakland's Jarrod Parker.

Neither right-hander has experienced much success in the early going, as each looks for his second win of the year. Parker's ERA rests at 7.36, while Jimenez checks in with a 7.13 mark.

Parker, who had been knocked around in four of his five previous starts, was better in his last outing Tuesday against the Angels, when he allowed three earned runs on six hits in six innings. He struck out four.

"I felt good," Parker said. "I was able to forget about what's done and focus in on each pitch. There's a reason for my success, and I didn't want to get away from who I am. I didn't want to fight myself."

Jimenez, meanwhile, earned his first victory of the year his last time out. It was certainly his best start of the season, as he tossed seven scoreless innings against the Royals. Jimenez lowered his ERA by nearly three runs.

"He had life on his fastball. He had all of his offspeed pitches working," Indians manager Terry Francona said. "Hitters, they had to respect everything he threw. You saw some rollover ground balls to first, some awkward swings, late on the fastball. There was just so much to like."

A's: Patient at the plate
The A's have drawn 32 walks in their last six games and now have a Major League-leading 149 for the year.

• The A's have won five of their last seven games but are just 6-10 over their last 16 after starting the year 12-4.

Indians: Playing error-free baseball
Cleveland has six players with active streaks of at least 25 games without an error: Michael Bourn, Michael Brantley, Jason Giambi, Carlos Santana, Drew Stubbs and Nick Swisher.

• The Indians are 2-1 against the AL West, having faced only the Astros.

Worth noting
• With the win in his last outing, Parker avoided becoming the first A's pitcher to lose five games in April.

• The Indians have scored at least six runs in six of their last seven games, and have also recorded at least 12 hits in six of seven.

• This is the A's only trip longer than seven games this year (with 10 games between New York, Cleveland and Seattle). Comments