Oakland aims for series sweep over Yankees
Oakland, California; Thursday, 9 p.m. EDT
PITCHING PROBABLES: Yankees: Masahiro Tanaka (9-6, 4.56 ERA) Athletics: Tanner Roark (7-8, 4.01 ERA)
BOTTOM LINE: Oakland can secure a series sweep over New York with a win.
The Athletics are 42-24 on their home turf. The Oakland pitching staff as a whole has an ERA of 4.01. Mike Fiers leads the team with a 3.36 ERA.
The Yankees are 34-25 on the road. The New York offense has compiled a .272 batting average as a team this season, good for third in the American League. Gio Urshela leads the team with an average of .340. The Athletics won the last meeting 6-4. Fiers earned his 12th victory and Marcus Semien went 1-for-3 with a home run and two RBIs for Oakland. J.A. Happ registered his eighth loss for New York.
LAST 10 GAMES: Athletics: 7-3, .255 batting average, 3.13 ERA, outscored opponents by 13 runs
Yankees: 6-4, .291 batting average, 6.75 ERA, outscored by 10 runs
Yankees Injuries: Stephen Tarpley: (elbow), Luis Severino: (shoulder), Greg Bird: (foot), Edwin Encarnacion: (wrist), Thairo Estrada: (hamstring), Luke Voit: (hernia), Jacoby Ellsbury: (hip), Brett Gardner: (toe), Aaron Hicks: (elbow), Giancarlo Stanton: (knee), Jake Barrett: (elbow), Dellin Betances: (shoulder), David Hale: (spine), Ben Heller: (elbow), Jonathan Holder: (shoulder), Jordan Montgomery: (elbow), CC Sabathia: (knee), Miguel Andujar: (labrum).