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Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum, Oakland, California  Attendance: 17,325

A's, Jays face each other amid trade rumors

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Toronto Blue Jays at Oakland Athletics

  1. The Blue Jays won their last game in Chicago to secure their first road series win against any AL opponent since they took two of three in Minnesota (April 30 -- May 2). Toronto's bats went deep eight times on the White Sox and added eight doubles for sixteen extra-base hits in the three games.
  2. Toronto's Lourdes Gurriel Jr. has stretched his multi-hit game streak to eleven games, tying an MLB rookie record that stretches back to Ross Barnes in 1876. Only five players in MLB history have had 12 or more consecutive games with 2 or more hits.
  3. Edwin Jackson will be making his first start against Toronto since June 2012 when he was a member of the Washington Nationals. In his last five appearances against Toronto, Jackson has pitched for five different ball clubs (Atl, Was, CWS, Ari, and Det)
  4. The Athletics were swept in Colorado, scoring just four runs across the three-game series, their fewest in a three-game stretch (in a single season) with an NL opponent since 2013. Oakland is 7-2 with a 3.13 combined starter ERA in its last nine home games.
  5. Matt Chapman went 5-for-11 with three extra-base hits in the series with Colorado. He is slashing .337/.411/.590 for the month of July. The last Athletics to slash 3/4/5 (with 75-plus plate appearances) in a July were Hideki Matsui and Josh Willingham in 2011.
  6. The Athletics swept a four-game series with the Blue Jays in Toronto earlier this season (May 17-20). In that series, Oakland outscored Toronto 27-12 with A's hitters recording a combined OPS (.874) which was 300 points higher than the combined OPS of Jays hitters (.573)
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 7/30/2018 thru 8/1/2018

OAKLAND, Calif. -- Two teams that figure to be active right up to the Tuesday afternoon trade deadline duel for the second time in two days shortly thereafter when the Toronto Blue Jays and Oakland Athletics continue their three-game series.

The A's rebounded from an offensive slump in Colorado with a two-homer, 10-run explosion Monday night in a 10-1 win in the opener of an eight-game homestand.

The Blue Jays took the field shortly after the announcement of their third trade in the past week, sending suspended pitcher Roberto Osuna to the Houston Astros for three players, including former closer Ken Giles.

Giles might be in uniform for Tuesday's game in Oakland, and if so would join infielder Brandon Drury, acquired last week from the New York Yankees, as Blue Jays newcomers.

Drury played his fourth game for Toronto on Monday night, going 0-for-4. He'd gone 2-for-8 in his first three games.

Rumors have swirled around several other Blue Jays, and in the other direction for the A's, who some expect to be buyers before the deadline.

The A's are said to be exploring options in starting pitching.

Oakland surely doesn't need an upgrade for Monday's starter, Edwin Jackson, who lowered his ERA since being plucked by the A's from the scrap heap in June to 3.32 with 5 2/3 shutout innings in the 10-1 win.

The A's took time after the game to celebrate Jackson's 100th career win, one that manager Bob Melvin thought was significant for more than just one guy.

"Important win for us today," he assured of a team that had been held to four runs in the three frustrating defeats at Colorado. "We can score some runs. Good night all around for the A's."

Right-hander Trevor Cahill (2-2, 3.43), one of the A's starters who find themselves with an uncertain future given the possible additions at the trade deadline, will attempt to follow up Jackson's gem with one of his own.

Cahill is coming off his worst of three starts since returning from an Achilles injury, having allowed five runs and seven hits in a 7-6 win over Texas last Thursday.

The 30-year-old hasn't fared well against the Blue Jays in the past, going 1-3 with a 6.83 ERA in five career starts.

In fact, Cahill has never retired Drury in his pre-Toronto days, with the former Arizona Diamondback and Yankee recording a single and three walks in four plate appearances.

Right-hander Sam Gaviglio (2-3, 4.65), acquired in March from Kansas City, will oppose Cahill for the Blue Jays, having won winless in his last 11 starts dating back to May 25.

He pitched one of his best games of the season against Oakland on May 19, throwing 5 1/3 innings of shutout ball. He did not get a decision in a 5-4 loss.

He's 0-1 with a 6.30 ERA in two career starts against the A's.

Of course, the Blue Jays didn't have Giles in their bullpen for Gaviglio's earlier outing against the A's this season.

The right-hander saved 34 games for the Astros last season, and had 12 more this season before losing his job.

Updated July 31, 2018

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