Game of the Day: Angels at A’s

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Los Angeles Angels at Oakland A’s
(-134, 7.5)

The Oakland Athletics needed to sweep a three-game series
against the Los Angeles Angels in order to take back the lead
in the American League West. The Athletics will attempt to do
just that when they host the Angels in the finale on Sunday.
Oakland drew even atop the AL West with a 2-1 victory on
Saturday as Coco Crisp raced across with the go-ahead run on a
wild pitch in the eighth inning.

Los Angeles won eight of nine before arriving in Oakland to
grab a two-game lead in the division but had a ninth-run rally
fall short in Friday’s 5-3 setback before narrowly falling
Saturday. The Angels, who host the Athletics in a four-game
series next weekend, are winless in five games at Oakland this
season and will visit the Athletics again in the final week of
the regular season. Oakland is pulling out of a slump with
three wins in their last four games.

TV: 8:05 p.m. ET, ESPN

LINE HISTORY: Online sportsbook Pinnacle
Sports opened the A’s as -146 home faves, but they now sit
-134. The total opened at seven and is up to 7.5.

INJURY REPORT: A’s – Jed Lowrie (15-day DL,
hamstring).

COVERS POWER RANKINGS: Angels (-204), A’s
(-202)

WHAT CAPPERS SAY: “The two best teams in the
league continue this extremely important series in Oakland.
Only one team can win the American League West division title,
which means the runner up might still have the second best
overall record in all of baseball and still have to play a
one-and-done Wildcard game just to advance to the divisional
round of the playoffs to face the top seed which will likely be
the AL West winner. There are eight head-to-head meetings
remaining (4 home, 4 away) for each team which will probably
decide the division title. Both clubs also have several games
remaining against the Astros and Rangers (Oakland 13 and Los
Angeles 11) which should help both the Athletics and Angels
remain at the top of the league in wins.” Covers
Expert Steve Merril
.

WAG WAR:
C.J. Wilson’s wife Lisalla Montengegro and
Eric Sogard’s wife Kaycee.

PITCHING MATCHUP: Angels RH Jered Weaver
(13-7, 3.70 ERA) vs. Athletics LH Scott Kazmir (14-5, 2.73)

Weaver is being leaned on to step up in the absence of Garrett
Richards and needs to work deeper into games. The veteran has
not recorded an out in the seventh inning in any of his last
five starts and allowed three runs on seven hits and four walks
over 5 1/3 innings at Boston on Tuesday. Weaver is making his
third start of 2014 against Oakland after dropping the first
two while yielding a total of 10 runs – nine earned – and 17
hits in 11 1/3 total innings.

Kazmir traded wins and losses in his last five starts and is
coming off a win over the New York Mets in which he surrendered
one run and four hits in six innings. That win gave the
30-year-old a career high of 14, besting the 13-9 mark he put
up with Tampa Bay in 2007. Kazmir is facing his former
franchise for the first time this season and was reached for
five runs in three innings by Los Angeles on Aug. 9, 2013.

TWEET BEAT:

TRENDS:

* Under is 20-3-3 in Weaver’s last 26 starts vs. Athletics.
* Under is 8-2 in Angels last 10 overall.
* Road team is 4-0 in umpire Mike Everittss last four games
behind home plate.
* Athletics are 5-1 in Kazmir’s last six home starts vs. a team
with a winning record.

COVERS CONSENSUS: 56 percent of wagers on
Covers Consensus are behind the A’s.

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