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LAA@OAK: Milone goes seven strong innings in win

It's no secret that A's starter Tommy Milone has enjoyed pitching at Oakland Coliseum this season.

While he is 2-4 with a 7.42 ERA on the road, Milone has thrived at home, going 4-1 with a 0.98 ERA. Milone will try to keep up those stellar statistics at O.co Coliseum on Wednesday, when the A's face-off against the Dodgers.

The left-hander had a tough time in his last start at Coors Field, surrendering eight runs on seven hits in just four innings. He also gave up three home runs but took a no-decision, thanks to an Oakland offense that plated 10 runs.

"I'm trying to compare the home starts and the road starts," Milone said. "I think mainly just staying low and getting ahead. I feel like, when I'm on the road, I get behind a lot and am forced to throw the ball over the plate a lot."

Meanwhile, Nathan Eovaldi will be on the hill for Los Angeles, looking for his first win of the season since being called up at the end of May.

In all four starts this season, he's gone at least five innings, giving up two earned runs or fewer in every outing. However, even with a 1.82 ERA, Eovaldi has a record of 0-2.

In his last start on Wednesday against the Angels, the right-hander went six innings, surrendering just one run on seven hits for the no-decision.

"Nate has been great," Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said after the game. "He's got a chance to be really good. He's going to be something to deal with."

Dodgers: Ellis making progress
• While infielder Mark Ellis won't put a timetable on his return, he did say on Tuesday that he has been making steady progress with his lower left leg injury.

Ellis has begun to sprint and take grounders, will run the bases this week and now is focused on regaining his hitting stroke.

"The big thing was getting over the mental hurdle that it wasn't going to break down," Ellis said. "I did that pretty quick. There's no discomfort. The knee it not bothering me at all and that's a really good sign. I'm further along than I thought at this point. Every day I'm getting a little better, but I still don't know when I'll be playing."

A's: Colon likely to DL
• Before Tuesday's game against the Dodgers, manager Bob Melvin confirmed that starter Bartolo Colon is likely headed to the disabled list. Colon was forced to leave Sunday's game in the third inning with a right oblique strain.

"I'm pretty certain there's a DL at some point in time here," Melvin said. "There's corresponding moves and some other things that play into it as well. Those oblique injuries can be a little bit difficult, but we just want to make sure we process this thing and don't get ahead of ourselves, figure out what the coinciding move will be."

Colon had an MRI on Monday that confirmed the initial diagnosis, though the results still needed to be examined by Oakland's medical staff to determine the severity of the strain.

• The A's agreed to terms with five Draft picks on Tuesday, including sandwich-round picks Daniel Robertson and Matt Olson. The pair was at the Coliseum before the game against the Dodgers to meet and work out with the team.

Worth noting
• Melvin said outfielder Yoenis Cespedes had his best day of workouts on Tuesday since reinjuring his hamstring, and he seems likely to return to the lineup on Wednesday.

• Dodgers reliever Ronald Belisario has allowed just one run in his last nine appearances. He's also allowed just two extra-base hits all season.

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