The Toronto Blue Jays (65-50) scored a 7-0 victory on Wednesday afternoon over divisional foe Tampa Bay while the Baltimore Orioles (63-50) one again scuffled offensively losing 1-0 in the Oakland Coliseum in the late hump-night event giving the Jays a one-game lead in the American League East. The Orioles sit in the AL wild card crows nest owning a one-and-a-half game lead over the Boston Red Sox (61-51) and two-and-a-half game margin over the Detroit Tigers (61-53).
While Toronto has a day off from Thursday’s, August 11th, Major League Baseball slate the pressure resides in the lap of the Orangebirds when they play the finale of their four-game west coast series against the Athletics.
Oakland has managed just six runs against Baltimore in the first three games of their current match against the Orioles but are in position to register a four-game sweep with a win tonight. Oakland has won each of the first three in the series by a single run while Baltimore has scored a mere three total runs on 17 hits versus the A’s pitching staff.
The Triple-A lineup for the Athletics have scored just nine runs over the first six affairs of their current 10-game homestand. The O’s send their right-handed ace, Chris Tillman (14-4, 3.50 ERA), to the hill tonight in a square off against A’s righty Andrew Triggs (0-0, 5.35)
Tillman is 0-2 with a near 6.00 ERA in his last three starts while Triggs is making just his second start of the 2016 campaign due to the Athletics pitching staff injuries. Sonny Gray and Jesse Hahn are both on the disabled list and Triggs has filled one of the two rotation slots. Tillman is 3-0 with a 2.58 ERA in six career starts against Oakland with his last start against the A’s coming on May 8 of this year when he allowed three runs and six hits in just over 6 innings of work. The Oakland right-hander has struck out as many as innings pitched this season but opponents are hitting a solid .297 overall against tonight’s A’s starter.
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Major League Baseball Strike Zone “Starting Pitching” Chart for Thursday, August 11th, 2016:
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