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Toronto0 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 570
Oakland1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 160
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  W: M. Stroman (1-3)   L: A. Brooks (2-2)
7:07 PM PT8:07 PM MT9:07 PM CT10:07 PM ET22:07 ET2:07 GMT10:07 7:07 PM MST9:07 PM EST9:37 PM VEN6:07 UAE (+1)9:07 PM CT, April 19, 2019
Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum, Oakland, California  Attendance: 15,128

Invigorated Blue Jays ready for well-rested A's

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Toronto Blue Jays at Oakland Athletics

  1. The Athletics won all seven games against the Blue Jays last season, the first time either team has swept the other in a single season. Oakland's seven-game winning streak is the longest in the series since the A's also won seven straight between the 1998 and 1999 seasons.
  2. The Blue Jays won their first series since their season-opening set, taking three of four at Minnesota. The Jays have scored 63 of their 75 runs after the third inning this season -- their 12 runs in innings 1-3 are the second fewest in baseball (San Francisco -- 10).
  3. Oakland split a two-game set with Houston, totaling just three runs and eight hits between the two games. The A's had put up at least 10 hits in each of their previous seven games.
  4. Teoscar Hernandez slashed .400/.438/.800 with two home runs and six RBI in the series against the Twins. He had totaled six RBI over his first 15 games of the season while slashing .204/.298/.286.
  5. Aaron Brooks has made two starts against Toronto in his career, making just seven total outs while giving up 15 runs for an ERA of 57.86. This season he is 2-1 but has allowed eight runs in 11.0 innings in his last two starts after throwing six scoreless innings in his first start.
  6. Marcus Stroman is 0-3 despite having an ERA of 1.99. He is the fourth pitcher in the divisional era (since 1969) to go 0-3 or worse with an ERA under 2.00 and first since San Diego's Dustin Moseley in 2011. Stroman has the lowest average run support among qualifying pitchers at 0.40 per nine innings.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 4/19/2019 thru 4/21/2019

One team carries the momentum of a series win, the other the emotional lift of a signing when the visiting Toronto Blue Jays and well-rested Oakland Athletics open a three-game series Friday night.

The A's were off Thursday, their third day without a game in the last six, while the Blue Jays were wrapping up their first series win of the season with a 7-4 triumph at Minnesota.

The Blue Jays won three of four in the series, with Teoscar Hernandez contributing to all three wins with a three-run homer in the Monday opener, a two-run single and game-ending outfield assist Tuesday and a solo homer Thursday.

Another driving force for Toronto in the series was Eric Sogard, the so-called "Face of the Franchise" when he began his career with the A's.

Promoted from Triple-A this week and immediately penciled into the leadoff spot, Sogard had six hits, including two doubles, in the last three games, scored twice and drove in three runs.

"He's definitely had some success in the past in the majors and down in (Triple-A) Buffalo so far," Blue Jays assistant general manager Joe Sheehan told reporters about Sogard batting leadoff. "It's nice to see. Some of his at-bats have been really good to ignite from the leadoff spot."

The Blue Jay scored 19 runs in the Minnesota series, which is 13 more than they've scored in right-hander Marcus Stroman's four starts.

The right-hander (0-3, 1.99) will make a fifth attempt at a first win of the season against the A's, against whom he has never won, going 0-1 with a 6.75 ERA in four starts.

One member of the Oakland team that Stroman is sure to face is designated hitter Khris Davis, the major league leader in home runs with 10.

Davis was rewarded with a two-year contract extension on Thursday worth a reported $33.5 million.

A formal press conference to announce the signing has been scheduled for prior to Friday's game.

Davis, who led the majors with 48 homers last season, credits Ken Griffey Jr. for his recent power surge. He says he's now standing taller, but with his hands lower, than at the beginning of his career, resembling Griffey.

"I think the swing changed with the stance," he noted to reporters earlier this week. "When I had my hands higher, the doubles weren't home runs. Now, the doubles are home runs."

Davis has contributed to Stroman's career struggles against the A's, going 3-for-6 with a home run, three RBIs and three walks.

Stroman will be opposed by A's right-hander Aaron Brooks (2-1, 4.24), who has received 15 runs of support in his two wins.

That's the same number of runs Brooks allowed in two previous starts against the Blue Jays, games in 2014 and 2015 in which he had to be pulled in the first and second innings.

He lost both those games while compiling a 57.86 ERA.

If there's good news for Brooks, it's that the only current member of the Blue Jays who he's ever faced -- Justin Smoak -- was struck out in their one career head-to-head.

The A's are coming off a 1-1 series split with the Houston Astros that opened an eight-game homestand. Frankie Montas and two relievers combined to end Houston's 10-game winning streak with a 2-1 triumph on Wednesday night.

--Field Level Media

Updated April 18, 2019

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