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Baltimore Orioles (12-14, fourth in the AL East) vs. Oakland Athletics (16-11, first in the AL West)

Oakland, California; Saturday, 4:07 p.m. EDT

PITCHING PROBABLES: Orioles: Matt Harvey (2-1, 4.26 ERA, 1.30 WHIP, 21 strikeouts) Athletics: Jesus Luzardo (1-2, 5.40 ERA, 1.52 WHIP, 29 strikeouts)

FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK LINE: Athletics -188, Orioles +160; over/under is 8 runs

BOTTOM LINE: Baltimore heads into the matchup fresh off a strong showing by John Means. Means threw seven innings, giving up two runs on three hits with nine strikeouts against Oakland.

The Athletics are 8-7 on their home turf. Oakland has hit 33 home runs this season, sixth in the American League. Matt Olson leads the club with six, averaging one every 13.5 at-bats.

The Orioles are 8-4 on the road. The Baltimore offense has compiled a .224 batting average as a team this season, Cedric Mullins leads the team with a mark of .337.

The Orioles won the last meeting 3-2. John Means secured his third victory and Mullins went 1-for-4 with a home run and two RBIs for Baltimore. Mike Fiers registered his first loss for Oakland.

TOP PERFORMERS: Jed Lowrie ranks second on the Athletics with nine extra base hits and is slugging .411.

Trey Mancini leads the Orioles with 17 RBIs and is batting .237.

LAST 10 GAMES: Athletics: 6-4, .208 batting average, 3.14 ERA

Orioles: 5-5, .230 batting average, 3.80 ERA, outscored by eight runs

INJURIES: Athletics: Burch Smith: (groin), Trevor Rosenthal: (chest), A.J. Puk: (left biceps), Chad Pinder: (knee), Matt Olson: (eye).

Orioles: Mac Sceroler: (shoulder), Hunter Harvey: (oblique), Anthony Santander: (ankle), Freddy Galvis: (groin), Chris Davis: (back).

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The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by Data Skrive and data from Sportradar.

By The Associated Press

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