Blue Jays aim to stop 4-game slide, play the Athletics

July 5, 2022 GMT

Toronto Blue Jays (44-37, third in the AL East) vs. Oakland Athletics (27-55, fifth in the AL West)

Oakland, California; Tuesday, 9:40 p.m. EDT

PITCHING PROBABLES: 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)

FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK LINE: Blue Jays -187, Athletics +158; over/under is 8 runs

BOTTOM LINE: The Toronto Blue Jays enter the matchup with the Oakland Athletics as losers of four in a row.

Oakland has gone 9-29 at home and 27-55 overall. The Athletics have 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.

Tuesday’s game is the fifth meeting between these teams this season. The season series is tied 2-2.

TOP PERFORMERS: Seth Brown leads Oakland with 10 home runs while slugging .418. Ramon Laureano is 10-for-35 with three home runs and six RBI over the past 10 games.

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George Springer has 12 doubles, two triples, 15 home runs and 38 RBI for the Blue Jays. Vladimir Guerrero Jr. is 11-for-41 with three doubles and two home runs over the last 10 games.

LAST 10 GAMES: Athletics: 4-6, .239 batting average, 3.96 ERA, outscored by one run

Blue Jays: 4-6, .269 batting average, 5.16 ERA, outscored by 10 runs

INJURIES: Athletics: Frankie Montas: day-to-day (undisclosed), Jed Lowrie: 10-Day IL (shoulder), Jonah Bride: 10-Day IL (shoulder), Dany Jimenez: 15-Day IL (shoulder), Daulton Jefferies: 60-Day IL (arm), Deolis Guerra: 60-Day IL (elbow), Brent Honeywell Jr.: 60-Day IL (elbow)

Blue Jays: Julian Merryweather: 60-Day IL (side), Kevin Gausman: day-to-day (ankle), Tayler Saucedo: 60-Day IL (hip), Hyun-Jin Ryu: 60-Day IL (forearm), Yimi Garcia: 15-Day IL (back), Andrew Vasquez: 15-Day IL (ankle), Danny Jansen: 10-Day IL (finger), Nate Pearson: 60-Day IL (mono)

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The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by Data Skrive and data from Sportradar.