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Athletics play the Blue Jays in first of 3-game series

July 4, 2022 GMT

Toronto Blue Jays (44-36, third in the AL East) vs. Oakland Athletics (26-55, fifth in the AL West)

Oakland, California; Monday, 9:07 p.m. EDT

PITCHING PROBABLES: Blue Jays: Alek Manoah (9-2, 2.09 ERA, .96 WHIP, 85 strikeouts); Athletics: Cole Irvin (2-6, 3.58 ERA, 1.22 WHIP, 52 strikeouts)

FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK LINE: Blue Jays -245, Athletics +201; over/under is 7 runs

BOTTOM LINE: The Oakland Athletics begin a three-game series at home against the Toronto Blue Jays on Monday.

Oakland has an 8-29 record at home and a 26-55 record overall. The Athletics are 8-41 in games when they have allowed at least one home run.

Toronto has a 44-36 record overall and a 19-18 record on the road. The Blue Jays have a 33-19 record in games when they record eight or more hits.

The matchup Monday is the fourth time these teams square off this season.

TOP PERFORMERS: Elvis Andrus ranks third on the Athletics with a .228 batting average, and has 18 doubles, five home runs, 22 walks and 18 RBI. Sean Murphy is 10-for-31 with a home run and five RBI over the past 10 games.

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Vladimir Guerrero Jr. leads the Blue Jays with 31 extra base hits (12 doubles and 19 home runs). George Springer is 7-for-29 with a double, two home runs and four RBI over the last 10 games.

LAST 10 GAMES: Athletics: 3-7, .234 batting average, 4.23 ERA, outscored by seven runs

Blue Jays: 4-6, .274 batting average, 4.96 ERA, outscored by seven 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.