Fiers expected to start for Oakland against Tampa Bay
Oakland, California; Saturday, 4 p.m. EDT
The Athletics are 23-18 in home games. Oakland has hit 120 home runs this season, seventh in the league. Matt Chapman leads the team with 17, averaging one every 17 at-bats.
The Rays are 24-14 on the road. Tampa Bay is slugging .429 as a unit. Austin Meadows leads the team with a slugging percentage of .545. The Rays won the last meeting 5-3. Austin Pruitt secured his first victory and Willy Adames went 3-for-4 with a home run and an RBI for Tampa Bay. Tanner Anderson registered his second loss for Oakland.
TOP PERFORMERS: Chapman leads the Athletics with 38 extra base hits and is batting .263. Ramon Laureano is 11-for-41 with three doubles, four home runs and 13 RBIs over the last 10 games for Oakland.
LAST 10 GAMES: Athletics: 7-3, .267 batting average, 3.10 ERA, outscored opponents by 23 runs
Rays: 3-7, .237 batting average, 5.40 ERA, outscored by 18 runs
Athletics Injuries: Sean Manaea: 60-day IL (shoulder), Daniel Gossett: 60-day IL (elbow), Marco Estrada: 10-day IL (lumbar strain), Jharel Cotton: 60-day IL (elbow/hamstring), Nick Hundley: 10-day IL (back), Chris Herrmann: 60-day IL (knee).
Rays Injuries: Tyler Glasnow: 60-day IL (forearm), Jose De Leon: 60-day IL (elbow), Anthony Banda: 60-day IL (elbow), Matt Duffy: 60-day IL (back), Yandy Diaz: 10-day IL (hamstring), Christian Arroyo: 10-day IL (forearm), Anthony Bemboom: 10-day IL (knee).