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Preview: Angels (7-8) at Athletics (10-5)
BT Movements  ·  Line Movements
Game: 4
Venue: O.co Coliseum
Date: July 28, 2013 4:05 PM EDT
  

No AL pitcher has limited opponents to a lower average since May 28 than Jarrod Parker of the Oakland Athletics has over his last 10 starts.

While things went right for Oakland in the first half of that stretch, they haven't since.

The Athletics have dropped Parker's last five starts heading into Sunday's home matchup with a Los Angeles Angels club that will be without Albert Pujols.

Parker (6-6, 3.79 ERA) is 4-0 with a 2.17 ERA over his last 10 starts with an opponent batting average of .175 - the best in the league since May 28.

Oakland (61-43) won the first five starts of this stellar stretch by Parker, but has totaled 12 runs in losing the next five. The right-hander's ERA is 2.32 and opponent batting average is .180 during his winless run.

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The Athletics have won both of his starts against Los Angeles this year, with Parker going 1-0 with a 4.82 ERA.

Erick Aybar is 8 for 13 in his career against Parker and Mike Trout is 6 for 17. Josh Hamilton is just 1 for 12 while Pujols' 3-for-16 mark won't be a factor.

That's because Pujols returned to Los Angeles on Saturday morning for further testing on his ailing left foot. The slugger has been dealing with plantar fasciitis all season, re-injuring his foot running to first base after singling in the ninth inning in Friday's 6-4 loss.

The Angels (48-54) opened this four-game set Thursday with an 8-3 victory before the Athletics responded with strong starts by Bartolo Colon and Tommy Milone to take the next two games.

Colon won his 14th game with six innings Friday before Milone gave up one run over seven in Saturday's 3-1 victory.

Los Angeles took the lead Saturday on Hamilton's second-inning homer. Oakland did all of its scoring in the seventh, with Derek Norris' two-run pinch-hit homer putting the home team up by one.

"That's just the way we play baseball,' Norris said. "There's no one guy like a (Miguel) Cabrera or a Chris Davis. We have a group of guys who can put together things."

Norris rudely greeted reliever Scott Downs, who allowed his first run in 30 appearances, one short of tying the Angels club record. The last homer allowed by Downs was Sept. 25 by Seattle's Justin Smoak.

"I can't remember the last time Downs gave up a home run," manager Mike Scioscia said. "You like the matchup with his sinker and hopefully he can get the double play ball."

Scioscia will give the ball to Tommy Hanson (4-2, 4.75), who yielded one run over 5 1-3 innings and did not get a decision in Tuesday's 10-3 defeat to Minnesota - his first start since June 20 after being on the disabled list with a strained right forearm.

The right-hander's lone career outing against Oakland was a 10-8, 19-inning loss April 29. He allowed two runs in six innings.

Trout is 5 for 12 in this series and has hit safely in nine straight games against the A's with a .342 average and 10 RBIs.

Jed Lowrie is 5 for 12 with five RBIs for Oakland in this series while slugger Yoenis Cespedes is 0 for 9 with five strikeouts.

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 SERIES AT A GLANCE
GAME 1
Angels at Athletics
Thu, Jul 25 Final 8 to 3
 Boxscores    Recaps
GAME 2
Angels at Athletics
Fri, Jul 26 Final 4 to 6
 Boxscores    Recaps
GAME 3
Angels at Athletics
Sat, Jul 27 Final 1 to 3
 Boxscores    Recaps
GAME 4
Angels at Athletics
Sun, Jul 28 Final 6 to 10
 Boxscores    Recaps

 CURRENT LAS VEGAS LINE
 Team  ML   RUN   O/U 
 LAA  +140   -155   7.5 
 OAK  -150   +135   
LAS VEGAS LINE MOVEMENTS

 CURRENT SPORTSBOOK LINE
 Team  ML   RUN   O/U 
 LAA  +140   -150   7.5 
 OAK  -155   +130   
OFFSHORE LINE MOVEMENTS

 BETTING TRENDS
 Team  ML   RUN   O/U 
 LAA  31%   22%   62% 
 OAK  69%   78%   38% 
BT MOVEMENTS

 MLB HEAD TO HEAD
 Jul 27, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 LAA 1 Under: 4 
 OAK 3 Cover: +100 
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 Jul 26, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 LAA 4 Over: 10 
 OAK 6 Cover: +100 
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 Jul 25, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 LAA 8 Cover: +100 
 OAK 3 Over: 11 
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 Jul 21, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 OAK 6 Cover: +100 
 LAA 0 Under: 6 
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 Jul 20, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 OAK 0 Under: 2 
 LAA 2 Cover: +100 
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 Jul 19, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 OAK 1 Under: 5 
 LAA 4 Cover: +100 
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 May 1, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 LAA 5 Cover: +100 
 OAK 4 Over: 9 
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 Apr 30, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 LAA 8 Over: 18 
 OAK 10 Cover: +100 
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 Apr 29, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 LAA 8 Over: 18 
 OAK 10 Cover: +100 
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 Apr 11, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 OAK 9 Cover: +134 
 LAA 1 Over: 10 
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 MLB PREVIEWS
 Sunday, Jul 28
 
    Phillies at Tigers
1:05 PM EDT
    Rays at Yankees
1:05 PM EDT
    Astros at Blue Jays
1:05 PM EDT
    Rangers at Indians
1:05 PM EDT
    Pirates at Marlins
1:10 PM EDT
    Red Sox at Orioles
1:35 PM EDT
    Mets at Nationals
1:35 PM EDT
    Royals at White Sox
2:10 PM EDT
    Angels at Athletics
4:05 PM EDT
    Cubs at Giants
4:05 PM EDT
    Twins at Mariners
4:10 PM EDT
    Brewers at Rockies
4:10 PM EDT
    Reds at Dodgers
4:10 PM EDT
    Padres at Diamondbacks
4:10 PM EDT
    Cardinals at Braves
8:05 PM EDT
 
 
 
  
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