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MADRID -- The last Spanish league derby against Atletico Madrid marked a turning point for Zinedine Zidanes Real Madrid.The disappointing home defeat in February was the last time Madrid lost a game in the league. It rebounded from that 1-0 defeat at the Santiago Bernabeu by going on a streak that culminated with the club lifting the Champions League trophy -- in a final against Atletico -- and contending for the league title until the very end.Madrid won 12 straight after the loss, erasing 11 points off Barcelonas lead and finishing only one point from the title.This time, Madrid is just looking to keep its momentum when it plays city rival Atletico on Saturday.Madrid arrives at the derby in a much better position than previously, holding a two-point lead over Barcelona and a six-point advantage over Diego Simeones Atletico, which needs the victory to avoid losing more ground to the rivals. Atletico led the league until losing two of its last three games to drop to fourth in the standings.Atletico has won four league games in a row at the Vicente Calderon Stadium, but it will be facing a Madrid team that has thrived away from the Bernabeu, having scored 20 goals in its last four away games in all competitions.Madrid isnt getting over-confident, however.The next game will be a tricky one, like they always are against Atletico, Real Madrid defender Nacho Fernandez said.Madrids only loss since the league game against Atletico last season was at Wolfsburg in the Champions League in April. It remains unbeaten since then, with 21 wins and seven draws in all competitions. It has won four straight in the league and is the only team in the top tier not to have lost this season.Succeeding at the Calderon may be especially difficult this time as Zidane has been dealing with injuries to some of the teams top forwards. Alvaro Morata, who scored three goals in his last three games with Madrid, is out because of a hamstring injury sustained with Spains national team, and it remains unclear if Karim Benzema will overcome a lingering hip problem.The coach may have to change the team up front, or use some of his reserve players to fill the attack along with Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale. Among Zidanes options on offense are Lucas Vazquez and youngster Mariano Diaz.Other Madrid players uncertain to start Saturday because of injuries include defender Pepe and defensive midfielder Casemiro. In better news for Zidane, midfielder Luka Modric will likely make his first start since undergoing a surgical procedure on his knee almost two months ago, and defender Sergio Ramos also is expected to play after his own knee problems. Midfielder Tony Kroos remains sidelined because of a foot injury.Simeone, meanwhile, still doesnt know if he will be able to count on forward Antoine Griezmann, who is nursing a knock to his left foot sustained with Frances national team in a World Cup qualifier last week. The forward has a good chance of playing after tests early in the week ruled out a serious injury.Madrid and Atletico drew 1-1 the last time they met at the Calderon. Madrid beat its city rival in a penalty shootout in the Champions League final in Milan.It will likely be the last derby at the Calderon as Atletico is set to move into a new stadium next year.Barcelona hosts Malaga on Saturday, while third-placed Villarreal plays at Athletic Bilbao on Sunday.---Tales Azzoni on Twitter: Sidney Jones Youth Jersey. Patrice Bergeron and Daniel Paille scored 20 seconds apart a few minutes after Stamkos was taken off the ice on a stretcher with a broken right leg, and the Bruins beat the Lightning 3-0 on Monday afternoon. 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CLEVELAND -- With their manager feeling better again, the Cleveland Indians returned home, and Thursday night they will begin their longest homestand of the season.Cleveland will play four teams in an 11-game homestand, starting Thursday night with the first game of a four-game series against the Los Angeles Angels.Indians manager Terry Francona is expected to be in the dugout, after experiencing a health scare in Washington, where the Indians lost 7-4 on Wednesday. That was Franconas first game back with the team after missing Tuesdays game due to chest pains.Francona experienced the pains during his pre-game session with the media.I came up to the training room, and my heart rate was over 100, Francona told Next thing I know, Im hooked up to all these monitors and embarrassed. They kind of checked me out, gave me an EKG and everything, and then they sent me back to the hotel.Francona was expected to undergo further tests in Cleveland on Thursday, but barring the unexpected, he will be in the dugout for Thursdays game. Francona will send his ace, Corey Kluber (11-8, 3.22) to the mound against Angels right-hander Jhoulys Chacin (3-7, 5.27).Kluber is the one Cleveland starting pitcher who hasnt been affected by a recent slump that struck the other four pitchers in the rotation. Kluber is coming off an outstanding start in his last appearance, Sunday in New York, when he held the Yankees to two runs and five hits in eight innings of a 5-2 Indians victory. In his last five starts Kluber is 3-0 with a 1.46 ERA while holding opposing batters to a .202 batting average. In his last start vs. the Angels on June 10, he pitched a three-hit complete game 6-22 victory.ddddddddddddChacin will make the start, replacing Tim Lincecum in the rotation, after Lincecum was designated for assignment on Saturday. Thursdays start will be Chacins first since July 1. In eight relief appearances since then he had a 2.55 ERA while holding opposing hitters to a .175 batting average. He has made 15 starts this season, and in those games he was 3-7 with a 5.87 ERA.Chacin will be working with catcher Geovany Soto, who was activated off the disabled list and in his first game back Wednesday went 0-for-3, with a walk, in the Angels 3-1 loss to the Cubs. Soto had been on the disabled list since July 18 with a left knee inflammation. Soto also missed about six weeks earlier in the season with torn meniscus in his right knee, so Tuesday was only the 23rd game he had played with the Angels this year.Geovany, hes a veteran presence and he knows his way around a game, Angels manager Mike Scioscia told Hes great working with pitchers and he still swings the bat well, so were happy to get him back in our lineup. Hopefully hell contribute and give us a little bit of a spark.The Angels could use one. Wednesdays loss to the Cubs was the Angels sixth loss in a row, and they have fallen into last place in the AL West. Cleveland will be the final leg on the Angels nine-game, 10-day, three-city road trip to Seattle, Chicago and Cleveland.The Indians, who lead the AL Central, have won five of their last six meetings with the Angels, and have held them to three runs or less in six of their last eight meetings. 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