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Cleveland Indians (9-7 , second in the AL Central) vs. Seattle Mariners (13-6, second in the AL West)Seattle; Tuesday, 10 p.m. EDTPITCHING PROBABLES: Indians: Shane Bieber (1-0, 1.80 ERA, .67 WHIP, 17 strikeouts) Mariners: Mike Leake (1-0, 4.15 ERA, 1.44 WHIP, 17 strikeouts)LINE: Indians favored by 1 1/2 runs; over/under is 8 runsBOTTOM LINE:The Mariners are 5-5 on their home turf. Seattle has hit an MLB-leading 41 home runs this season, Jay Bruce leads the team with seven homers.The Indians are 4-6 on the road. Cleveland ranks last in the MLB in hitting with a .196 batting average, Carlos Santana leads the club with an average of .400. The Indians won the last meeting 6-4. Trevor Bauer earned his second victory and Jose Ramirez went 1-for-3 with a home run and an RBI for Cleveland. Yusei Kikuchi took his first loss for Seattle.TOP PERFORMERS: Domingo Santana leads the Mariners with 28 hits and has 24 RBIs. Daniel Vogelbach is 14-for-37 with four doubles, six home runs and 11 RBIs over the last 10 games for Seattle.Leonys Martin leads the Indians with six extra base hits and has four RBIs. Brad Miller is 7-for-28 with three doubles Yonder Alonso Jersey , a home run and four RBIs over the last 10 games for Cleveland.LAST 10 GAMES: Mariners: 6-4, .285 batting average, 4.55 ERA, outscored opponents by 18 runsIndians: 6-4, .208 batting average, 3.45 ERA, outscored opponents by six runsMariners Injuries: Sam Tuivailala: 10-day IL (achilles), Hunter Strickland: 60-day IL (lat), Wade LeBlanc: 10-day IL (right oblique strain), Chasen Bradford: 10-day IL (shoulder), Gerson Bautista: 10-day IL (pectoral), Kyle Seager: 60-day IL (hand).Indians Injuries: Danny Salazar: 60-day IL (shoulder) , Mike Clevinger: 60-day IL (back), Bradley Zimmer: 10-day IL (shoulder), Francisco Lindor: 10-day IL (ankle/calf). Scott Cunningham/Getty ImagesMLB teams are running out of time to make moves prior to the non-waiver trade deadline of Tuesday at 4 p.m. ET.Some teams have already made their splashes. Most notably, the Los Angeles Dodgers acquired Baltimore Orioles shortstop Manny Machado, and the Philadelphia Phillies picked up the New York Mets' hot-hitting second baseman Asdrubal Cabrera.Expect a flurry of additional moves as the deadline nears. Here's a look at three teams who could be making plays down the stretch, with a focus on their areas of need.Cleveland Indians: OutfielderThe Cleveland Indians should coast to the American League Central crown, as the other four teams in their division are rebuilding. However, the Tribe needs to shore up a few areas of need prior to the playoffs, and one of them is the outfield, which has been decimated with injuries this season.Left fielder Michael Brantley has been fantastic this season, but center field and right field could use reinforcements. Bradley Zimmer, Lonnie Chisenhall and Tyler Naquin are all on the disabled list. Greg Allen was sent down to Triple-A. Melky Cabrera has hit just four home runs in 327 plate appearances since joining the Kansas City Royals in the middle of last season. Brandon Guyer has problems against right-handers (five hits in 50 at-bats).Per Nick Cafardo of The Boston Globe Bradley Zimmer Jersey , the Tribe have looked into three outfielders: Derek Dietrich of the Miami Marlins, Toronto Blue Jays right fielder Curtis Granderson and Cincinnati Reds center fielder Billy Hamilton.Dietrich is the best hitter and most versatile fielder, Granderson provides a solid veteran presence and pop against right-handers and Hamilton is a speed demon and occasional defensive wizard. Dietrich may be the best fit of the three given his bat and glove. Milwaukee Brewers: Starting PitcherThe Milwaukee Brewers are in the lead for the National League's top wild-card spot and within striking distance of the Chicago Cubs for the NL Central crown.The lineup looks playoff ready with the addition of Kansas City Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas, but the starting rotation could use a boost after southpaw Brent Suter was lost for the season due to a torn UCL.Per FanGraphs, only one Brewers starter (Freddy Peralta) has an xFIP below 4.00 (for context, the average xFIP for starters in 2018 is 4.19). Furthermore, only two of Milwaukee's current starting pitchers (Peralta and Junior Guerra) have strikeout rates above 20 percent.Milwaukee should look to secure a starter before the trade deadline Tuesday. If the Brewers do so, their roster should be locked and loaded for a run to the postseason.Per Robert Murray of The Athletic (h/t Jon Heyman of Fancred Sports), Milwaukee has considered three starters: the Tampa Bay Rays' Chris Archer, Baltimore Orioles right-hander Kevin Gausman and Zack Wheeler of the New York Mets. Any of those three could help boost the rotation. Atlanta Braves: More Bullpen HelpAtlanta Braves closer Arodys Vizcaino is on the disabled list with a shoulder injury, and David O'Brien of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution quoted some unfortunate news on his eventual return via manager Brian Snitker on July 23:David OBrien DOBrienATL#Braves鈥?Vizcaino is 2-3 weeks from throwing, Snitker said Brandon Guyer Jersey , but they expect to get him back this season.Although it's encouraging that Vizcaino is expected back before the end of the season, the news that he won't be throwing until sometime in August is a concern.The Braves just traded for Baltimore Orioles reliever Brad Brach, but thebullpen could still use more reinforcements.Per ESPN, the team ranks 19th in the league in reliever ERA. Only four potential playoff contenders (Pittsburgh Pirates, St. Louis Cardinals, Cleveland Indians and Colorado Rockies) sit below them in that category.Atlanta has gone 6-13 in its last 19 games and could use some outside help. Adding to the bullpen would be a wise move. Of note, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reported that the Braves are looking into Texas Rangers relievers Keone Kela and Jake Diekman. Kela has 24 saves in 25 chances, while Diekman has a 3.79 ERA in 46 appearances.