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Altuve, Tucker homer to lead Astros over Athletics 4-3

Jose Altuve hit a three-run homer and Kyle Tucker’s tiebreaking solo shot in the seventh inning lifted the Houston Astros to a 4-3 victory over the Oakland Athletics on Wednesday night.

The triumph is Houston’s sixth consecutive and moves the team to a season-high 21 games above .500 at 54-33.

Altuve’s home run gave the Astros the lead in the third, but the A’s scored two in the sixth to tie it.

There was one out in the seventh when Tucker connected off Sean Manaea (6-6) on his home run to right-center to put Houston on top again.

Blake Taylor (2-2) wriggled out of a a jam in a scoreless seventh for the victory. Ryan Pressly pitched a perfect ninth to collect his 16th save and lower his ERA to 1.46.

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Matt Olson and Elvis Andrus had solo homers for the Athletics, who lost for the fifth time in six games.

Manaea permitted four hits and four runs — three earned — in 6 2/3 innings to extend his losing streak to a career-long four decisions.

Oakland had a chance to take the lead in the seventh after a pair of errors by Altuve and a wild pitch by Taylor left the Athletics with runners on second and third with no outs. But Taylor retired Andrus and Olson to end the threat.

Houston starter Luis Garcia permitted two hits and a run with seven strikeouts in five innings.

Cristian Javier replaced him to start the sixth and was greeted by the home run from Andrus, which bounced high off the wall above the seats in left field to cut the lead to 3-2.

There were two on and no outs when Jed Lowrie tied it on an RBI single to right field. The A’s tied it on a wild pitch by Javier.

Sean Murphy then hit a fly ball to left field which Michael Brantley caught before throwing home just in time for catcher Martín Maldonado to tag Ramon Laureano as he slid into him.

There were two outs in the first when Olson smacked his 21st homer of the season into the seats in right field to give the A’s an early lead.

Abraham Toro reached and advanced to second to start Houston’s third on an error by third baseman Chad Pinder before a single by Myles Straw.

Altuve hit his homer to left field with one out in the inning to put the Astros on top 3-1.

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Marcus Semien, Toronto Blue Jays reach agreement on 1-year, $18M deal

Infielder Marcus Semien is in agreement with the Toronto Blue Jays on a one-year, $18 million contract, a source familiar with the deal told ESPN’s Jeff Passan.

Semien will become the second star and fourth free agent added by the Blue Jays during a slow offseason amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Toronto gave outfielder George Springer a $150 million, six-year deal. Toronto also agreed to one-year contracts with right-handers Kirby Yates ($5.5 million) and Tyler Chatwood ($3 million) and re-signed left-hander Robbie Ray to an $8 million, one-year contract.

Coming off a career year in 2019, Semien struggled in 2020 while dealing with a rib injury, as the shortstop hit just .223 with 7 home runs, 28 runs, 23 RBIs and 4 stolen bases for the Oakland Athletics. His production was down largely due to his strikeouts being up, as he fanned on 21.2% of his plate appearances.

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It was a different story for Semien in 2019, when he concluded third in AL MVP voting after posting personal bests with 33 home runs, 92 RBIs and a .285 batting average while playing in all 162 matches. His WAR (8.9) was third in the majors that season, and he parlayed that into a one-year, $13 million deal — more than double his contract after earning $5.9 million in 2018. He earned $4,814,815 in prorated pay for 2020.

Semien was tied for 190th among batters in WAR in 2020, with 0.5. Even with the decline in 2020, he is one of just six hitters to account for at least 9.0 WAR in the past two seasons combined.

Semien’s 151 runs scored since the start of the 2019 season rank second among all American League players, and his 100 extra-base hits rank fifth.

In eight MLB campaigns, Semien, who is above average when it comes to base running, has a .254 batting average with 115 home runs, 380 RBIs, 467 runs scored and 66 stolen bases — but with 731 strikeouts in 3,266 at-bats — for the Chicago White Sox and A’s.

Toronto went 32-28 during the pandemic-shortened 2020 season, concluding third in the AL East behind the Tampa Bay Rays and New York Yankees and qualifying for the expanded postseason despite behind forced to play home matches in Buffalo, New York, due to Canadian government restrictions on travel. The Blue Jays were swept in two games by the AL champion Rays in a first-round series.

Toronto has an emerging young core and is adding major contracts, while younger players such as Bo Bichette and Vladimir Guerrero Jr. have relatively low salaries because they remain shy of eligibility for arbitration.

It is not clear where the Blue Jays will play home games when the 2021 season starts.

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New York Yankees vs Oakland Athletics

New York Yankees vs Oakland Athletics

New York Yankees (18-22) at Oakland Athletics (19-23)
MLB Baseball: Friday, May 20, 2016 at 9:35 pm (O.co Coliseum)
C Sabathia (2-2) (3.81) vs. S Gray (3-4) (5.84)

The Yankees beat the Oakland Athletics, 4-1, in the first game of a weekend series at Oakland Coliseum in Oakland, California.

When the Oakland A’s last saw the Yankees exactly one month ago, the Yankees were at 5-6, down three games in the AL East. The Yankees have since gone 12-16, including the three-game A’s sweep at Yankee Stadium, and are in last place trailing the Orioles by 7.5.

The Yankees have also been less prodigious base stealers; while they had 13 steals in the first 11 games, they’ve only had 12 in their last 18. In the last 30 days, that’s good for 9th best in the AL.

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The New York Yankees look for another win after winning 10 of their last 16 games. The Yankees have scored 11 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in seven of their last 14 games. The New York Yankees offense has been hit or miss this season but they have won eight straight games when scoring more than three runs. Starlin Castro leads New York with 41 hits, Carlos Beltran has 22 RBI and Brett Gardner has five home runs. CC Sabathia gets the ball, and he’s 2-2 with a 3.81 ERA and 21 strikeouts this season. Sabathia is 9-11 with a 4.71 ERA and 146 strikeouts in his career against the Athletics.

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The Oakland Athletics look for consistency after splitting their last 10 games. The Athletics have scored 17 runs in their last three games and five or more runs in six of their last 10 games. The Oakland Athletics offense has struggled at times but they have won 10 of their last 14 games when scoring more than three runs. Josh Reddick leads Oakland with 47 hits, Khris Davis has 29 RBI and Marcus Semien has 10 home runs. Sonny Gray takes the hill, and he’s 3-4 with a 5.84 ERA and 38 strikeouts this season. Gray is 1-1 with a 3.43 ERA and 17 strikeouts in his career against the Yankees.


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Boston Red Sox vs Oakland Athletics

Boston Red Sox vs Oakland Athletics

Fenway Park and the Boston Red Sox battle the Oakland Athletics in Wednesday night action.

The Boston Red Sox offense is having its way with the Oakland Athletics pitching staff from every spot in the batting order. The Athletics will try to hold the Red Sox to single digits in runs and avoid a sweep when they visit Fenway Park for the finale of a three-game series on Wednesday.

Oakland Athletics (14-20) at Boston Red Sox (20-13)
MLB Baseball: Wednesday, May 11, 2016 at 7:10 pm (Fenway Park)
E Surkamp (0-2) (5.58) vs. R Porcello (5-1) (2.95)

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The Boston bats got the best of the Oakland Athletics for the second straight night with a 13-5 decision on Tuesday night. Athletics Sean Manaea was hit hard with eight runs allowed on ten hits over 2.2 frames with Daniel Coulombe giving up three more. The A’s totaled 15 hits and walked once with Coco Crisp driving in a pair while Marcus Semien went 2-4 with an RBI and run. Overall every starter recorded at least one hit. Eric Surkamp will be on the mound to oppose the Red Sox in Wednesday action.  Surkamp has four starts under his belt and has gone 2-2 with a 5.59 ERA over 19.1 innings.
The Boston Red Sox have been crushing the ball and were at their best Tuesday, which overcame some average starting pitching. Red Sox starter Sean O’Sullivan was charged with four runs on 12 hits through six innings which was good enough to pick up the win. The Boston bats amassed 16 hits and a trio of base on balls with Travis Shaw going 3-5 with a homer, five RBI’s and two runs while Hanley Ramirez was 3-4 with a homer, two RBI’s and three runs. Xander Bogaerts and Chris Young each scored two times each. And every starter but one scored or drove in a run. Rick Porcello toes the rubber against the Athletics looking for his 6th victory. Porcello hopes to bounce back from a 3-2 loss at the Yankees with all three runs plated on six hits and a pair of BB in seven frames.

Oakland is 1-7 in their last 8 overall and are 1-7 in their last 8 games on grass while the over is 15-5-2 in their last 22 Wednesday games. The over is 7-1 in Boston’s last 8 vs. American League West and the Red Sox are 11-4 in their last 15 overall while going  11-4 in their last 15 games on grass. Oakland are 16-40 in the last 56 meetings in Boston and the under is 12-5 in the last 17 meetings.

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Pitching Matchups

Monday, May 9 @ 7:10 PM: Clay Buchholz (1-3, 5.71 ERA) vs Sonny Gray (3-3, 4.84 ERA)

Tuesday, May 10 @ 7:10 PM: Sean O’Sullivan (0-0, 9.00 ERA) vs Sean Manaea (0-0, 7.20 ERA)

Wednesday, May 11 @ 7:10 PM: Rick Porcello (5-1, 2.95 ERA) vs Eric Surkamp (0-2, 5.59 ERA)


Key Hitters

Red Sox: Brock Holt

2016 Season (25 Games): .282/.354/.388, 2 HR, 17 RBI
Career vs A’s (12 Games): .302/.375/.326, 4 RBI

The Brock Star has recovered from a slump to collect 5 hits in his last 14 at-bats (.357). Holt’s batting average plummeted to as low as .246 during his recent slide, but has now bounced back to the range he has been at in his two previous seasons with the Red Sox.

Athletics: Josh Reddick

2016 Season (31 Games): .319/.375/.474, 4 HR, 15 RBI
Career vs Red Sox (24 Games): .294/.354/.506, 4 HR, 17 RBI

The former Red Sox outfielder is having a career year so far. While he hasn’t quite displayed the type of power he has in the past, his AVG, OBP and SLG are all at career levels. He’s done some damage against his former team in the past, so Red Sox pitchers will need to be wary of Reddick when he steps to the plate in this series.

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Oakland Athletics at Los Angeles Angels

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The Angels have finally caught up to the Astros in this crazy AL playoff race. The Los Angeles Angels are now in control of their playoff fate thanks to one of their longest winning streaks of the year.

Los Angeles didn’t have to sweat too much for its seventh win in a row, taking an early six-run lead Tuesday in an 8-1 victory. With Houston falling 6-4 in Seattle, the Angels (83-74) moved a half-game in front of the Astros for the AL’s second wild card.

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Albert Pujols had an RBI double among his three hits, Erick Aybar drove in three runs and the Angels took over the lead for the second wild-card spot with their seventh consecutive victory, 8-1 over the Oakland Athletics on Tuesday night.

A few minutes after matching their longest winning streak of the season, the Angels (83-74) moved a half-game ahead of the Astros (83-75) when Houston lost 6-4 at Seattle.

Nick Tropeano (3-2) struck out 11 during 6 2-3 innings of three-hit ball for the Angels, who have won 10 of 12 overall during their majors-best 18-8 run through September.

The Angels remained two games behind the AL West-leading Texas Rangers (85-72), who beat Detroit. The Minnesota Twins (81-75) were rained out in Cleveland, dropping them 1 1-2 games behind Los Angeles in the wild-card race.

With four games in Texas to close the season, the Angels can dictate their playoff standing no matter the result of the wild-card race. Rebounding splendidly from an awful August, the Angels have chased down the AL leaders with less than a week to play – but still plenty to lose.

Tropeano was outstanding in a big moment for a fill-in starter who has provided depth in the Angels’ rotation all season long. He nearly doubled his previous career high in strikeouts and left to a standing ovation from the Big A crowd.

Max Muncy homered for the last-place A’s, who have lost four straight and nine of 10.

Chris Bassitt (1-8) yielded eight hits and six runs before getting chased in the fourth for Oakland.

Mike Trout and Pujols had back-to-back doubles in the first inning, with Trout scoring his 100th run of the season. The 24-year-old reigning AL MVP is the first player in Angels history to score 100 runs in four separate seasons.

Pujols keyed the Angels’ fourth-inning rally with a leadoff infield single and a stolen base, running impressively on a sore foot that has limited him to designated-hitting duties for weeks. Los Angeles got all four RBIs with two outs.



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San Francisco Giants at Oakland Athletics

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(sportschatplace.com)- The Oakland A’s and the San Francisco Giants face off on Friday in Oakland for game one of their MLB interleague series of Bay Area rivals.

The Oakland A’s have the worst record in the American League as they play out the season. The A’s are 3-7in their last 10 games, 33-45 at home, and they lave lost their last five games. As a team the A’s are hitting .252 with Billy Burns hitting .297, Josh Reddick hitting .273, and Brett Lawrie hitting .267. The A’s pitching staff has an ERA of 4.06 with the starters at 3.79 and the bullpen at 4.57. For game one against the Giants the Athletics start Sonny Gray who has allowed 161 hits and 69 earned runs while striking out 162 over 202 innings for a 13-7 record and a 2.72 ERA.

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The San Francisco Giants have had a decent season but it looks like they will come up short of making the post season. The Giants are 6-4 in their last 10 games, 35-42 on the road, and they are 7.5 games back in the National League West. As a team the Giants are hitting .267 with Buster Posey hitting .324, Matt Duffy hitting .297, and Brandon Belt hitting .280. The Giants pitching staff has an ERA of 3.66 with the starters at 3.91 and the bullpen at 3.18. For game one against the A’s the Giants start Mike Leake who has allowed 43 hits and 21 earned runs while striking out 25 over 40.1 innings for a 1-4 record and a 4.69 ERA.

Oakland is 4-1 in their last five interleague games, 6-15 in game one of a series, and 1-6 in Gray’s last seven starts. San Francisco is 9-22 in their last 31 interleague road games, 7-2 in their last nine games against a right-handed starter, 2-5 in Leake’s last seven starts. San Francisco is 0-5 in their last five games in Oakland.

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Houston Astros at Oakland Athletics

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Sonny Gray (12-7, 2.36 ERA) and the Oakland Athletics (59-79) take on Scott Kazmir (7-9, 2.50 ERA) and the Houston Astros (75-63) in a game that has the potential to be low scoring. This is the second of a three-game series at O.co Coliseum. The Athletics won the last game 10-9 and Oakland leads the series 1-0. Action begins at 10:05 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Sep. 8 and can be seen on CSCA and RTSW.

Gray pitched 5.0 innings in his most recent start, surrendering six runs, striking out two and walking one in a 9-4 defeat to the Angels. Kazmir went 4.1 innings, surrendering two runs (one unearned), striking out five and walking two in an 8-3 defeat to the Mariners in his last outing. Carlos Correa (.281, 39 Rs, 17 HRs, 50 RBIs, 11 SBs) went 1 for 5 yesterday with one run, one home run, and four RBIs.

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Oakland is a slim -110 favorite at home against Houston. The matchup has an estimated Over/Under (O/U) of seven runs. The Athletics have an overall money line of -2,876 and a record as the favorite of 32-36. Oakland has had a discouraging season against division opponents, earning records of 16-17 and 26-32 as the favorite and SU respectively. The Athletics have seen an uptick in scoring against teams inside their division, averaging 4.7 runs per game. They average 4.2 runs per game on the season. Oakland’s pitching staff has been doing poorly against opposing offenses during the last 10 games, allowing an average of 6.2 runs per game, well above its season average of 4.2. The Athletics are the fourth-best team in the AL at limiting hits to their opponents, allowing only 8.3 hits per game so far this season.

In games where it is the underdog, Houston has a 30-28 record and an overall money line of +573. They have managed to pull off a perfect record over their last ten games while playing as the underdog, and have a 5-5 SU record over the same span. The Astros can change the game with one swing of the bat, ranking second in the league with 188 home runs. The Astros are an excellent base stealing team with 103 stolen bases, ranking third in the MLB. Houston’s pitching staff has set the standard for its league, with an AL-low 3.29 ERA. When it comes to preventing batters from getting on base, the Astros are one of the best in the league with a WHIP of 1.18 for the season.

The Athletics have a bad 12-28 record against left-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they’ll be facing when Kazmir takes the mound. Gray (RHP) will be on the hill against the Astros, who have a 49-41 record against right-handed starting pitchers.


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