American League Preview from The Sports Network|
Sunday, August 11th
(All times Eastern)
Oakland Athletics (65-50) at Toronto Blue Jays (54-62), 1:07 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Oakland - A.J. Griffin (10-8, 3.91)
Toronto - R.A. Dickey (9-11, 4.49)
(Sports Network) - Oakland right fielder Josh Reddick came into this series in
Toronto in an 0-for-20 slump, but he's sure been on a power surge this
Reddick has hit five home runs thus far in this four-game set - three on
Friday in a 14-6 A's win and two more yesterday in a 5-4 loss for Oakland.
Reddick is only the second player in Athletics history to hit five homers in
two games, joining Mark McGwire, who did it in both 1987 and 1995.
Sunday, Reddick gets his chance to face knuckleball specialist R.A. Dickey for
the first time in his career as the A's and Blue Jays play the third contest
of a four-game set.
Dickey snapped a five-game winless stretch (0-3) by throwing 7 2/3 strong
innings in a 3-1 win at Seattle Monday. The right-hander allowed eight hits
and a run.
Dickey is 1-4 with a 5.05 ERA in 13 games (9 starts) against the A's.
A.J. Griffin counters for the Athletics. The righty had gone 5-1 over an
eight-start span until a 4-0 loss a week ago against Texas. He's 2-0 in three
career games versus the Blue Jays.
Griffin and Dickey have given up a combined 53 homers this year. Griffin leads
the majors with 28 allowed.
Jose Reyes' solo homer in the seventh inning was the difference in yesterday's
contest. Reyes finished with two RBI, while Jose Bautista also went deep and
drove in a pair of runs for the Blue Jays, winners in four of their last six
Reyes has driven in a run in five straight games.
Mark Buehrle (8-7) worked 5 1/3 innings for the win, allowing seven hits and
three runs with five strikeouts and two walks. Casey Janssen made things
interesting in the ninth, but held on for his 21st save.
"I kind of feel like I stole a win today," Buehrle said.
Despite Reddick's power, the Athletics suffered their fourth defeat in five
contests and are a game behind Texas for the lead in the AL West.
The A's went 1-for-10 with men in scoring position and left nine on base.
"It was a better step in the right direction as opposed to how we've been
doing the last week," said Oakland manager Bob Melvin, who remains a victory
shy of 700 for his career.
Recalled from Triple-A Sacramento prior to the game for his first MLB start,
Sonny Gray (0-1) lasted six full frames and gave up four runs -- two earned --
on four hits.
Oakland's Eric Sogard enters today with a career-high 14-game hitting streak.
Toronto has won five of the last seven meetings going back to 2012.
08/11 10:27:52 ET