Toronto Blue Jays (44-37, 3rd in AL East) vs. Oakland Athletics (27-55, 5th in AL West)
Oakland, California; Tuesday, 9:40 p.m. EDT
PITCHING PROBABIES: Blue Jays: Yusei Kikuchi (3-4, 4.74 ERA, 1.52 WHIP, 74 strikeouts); Athletics: Adrian Martinez (1-1, 6.30 ERA, 1.30 WHIP, six strikeouts)
SPORTS FANDUEL LINE: Blue Jays -187, Athletics +158; over/under is 8 runs
SUMMARY: The Toronto Blue Jays go into the matchup with the Oakland Athletics as four straight losers.
Oakland is 9-29 at home and 27-55 overall. Athletics has a 5-15 record in games decided by one run.
Toronto is 44-37 overall and 19-19 on the road. The Blue Jays have a 33-19 record in games when they record at least eight hits.
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Tuesday’s game is the teams’ fifth meeting of the season. The relay series is 2:2.
TOP PERFORMER: Seth Brown leads Oakland with 10 homers while hitting .418. Ramon Laureano is 10-to-35 with three home runs and six RBI in his last 10 games.
George Springer has 12 doubles, two triples, 15 homers and 38 RBI for the Blue Jays. Vladimir Guerrero Jr. is 11-to-41 with three doubles and two home runs in his last 10 games.
LAST 10 GAMES: Athletics: 4-6, .239 batting average, 3.96 ERA, surpassed by a run
Blue Jays: 4-6, .269 batting average, 5.16 ERA, surpassed by 10 runs
INJURIES: Athletics: Frankie Montas: Daily (undisclosed), Jed Lowrie: 10-day IL (shoulder), Jonah Bride: 10-day IL (shoulder), Dany Jimenez: 15-day IL (shoulder), Daulton Jefferies: 60 days IL (arm), Deolis Guerra: 60 days IL (elbows), Brent Honeywell Jr.: 60 days IL (elbows)
Blue Jays: Julian Merryweather: 60 days IL (side), Kevin Gausman: Everyday (ankle), Tayler Saucedo: 60 days IL (hip), Hyun-Jin Ryu: 60 days IL (forearm), Yimi Garcia: 15 days IL ( back), Andrew Vasquez: 15 days IL (ankle), Danny Jansen: 10 days IL (fingers), Nate Pearson: 60 days IL (mono)
The Associated Press created this story using Data Skrive technology and data from Sportradar.
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