Angels play the Athletics in series rubber match
Oakland Athletics (40-66, fifth in the AL West) vs. Los Angeles Angels (44-60, fourth in the AL West)
Anaheim, California; Thursday, 4:07 p.m. EDT
PITCHING PROBABLES: Athletics: Paul Blackburn (6-6, 4.15 ERA, 1.25 WHIP, 86 strikeouts); Angels: Janson Junk (1-0, .00 ERA, 1.00 WHIP, nine strikeouts)
FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK LINE: Angels -121, Athletics +102; over/under is 8 runs
BOTTOM LINE: Both the Los Angeles Angels and the Oakland Athletics are looking for a series win with a victory on Thursday.
Los Angeles has gone 24-31 at home and 44-60 overall. The Angels have gone 14-42 in games when they have allowed a home run.
Oakland has a 23-32 record on the road and a 40-66 record overall. The Athletics have an 8-17 record in games decided by one run.
Thursday’s game is the 10th time these teams square off this season. The Angels are up 6-3 in the season series.
Sean Murphy has 25 doubles, a triple and 13 home runs for the Athletics. Elvis Andrus is 13-for-38 with four doubles, a home run and three RBI over the past 10 games.
LAST 10 GAMES: Angels: 5-5, .225 batting average, 2.73 ERA, outscored opponents by three runs
Athletics: 6-4, .242 batting average, 3.41 ERA, outscored opponents by five runs
INJURIES: Angels: Matt Duffy: 60-Day IL (back), Mike Trout: 10-Day IL (back), Michael Lorenzen: 15-Day IL (shoulder), Archie Bradley: 60-Day IL (elbow), Anthony Rendon: 60-Day IL (wrist), Chris Rodriguez: 60-Day IL (shoulder), Griffin Canning: 60-Day IL (back)
Athletics: Jed Lowrie: 10-Day IL (shoulder), Daulton Jefferies: 60-Day IL (arm), Deolis Guerra: 60-Day IL (elbow), Brent Honeywell Jr.: 60-Day IL (elbow)