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Preview: Athletics (61-37) at Angels (58-40)
BT Movements  ·  Line Movements
Game: 3
Venue: Angel Stadium of Anaheim
Date: September 25, 2013 3:35 PM EDT
  

Recent losses to the Los Angeles Angels may eventually cost the Oakland Athletics home-field advantage throughout the playoffs.

Facing Jered Weaver isn't likely to help, either.

The A's attempt to beat Weaver for just the second time in three years Wednesday in the series finale in Anaheim.

Oakland (94-64) has already clinched back-to-back AL West titles, but is still in the running for home-field advantage in the postseason. The A's trail AL East champion Boston by one game with four to play.

Falling short of the league's best record could cause Oakland to lament its performances against Los Angeles in the final month of the regular season.

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The A's have dropped three of the past five meetings, including Tuesday's 3-0 defeat in which they were held to four singles.

Offense may be at a premium again with the Angels (77-80) sending Weaver (10-8, 3.36 ERA) to the mound.

The right-hander is 7-1 with a 0.84 ERA over his last 10 starts against Oakland, throwing 22 2-3 scoreless innings while winning his past three meetings.

He was stellar again in the most recent matchup July 19, leaving with two outs in the seventh of a 4-1 home victory.

Weaver, though, was scratched from his latest scheduled start Friday due to tightness in his forearm, but he's planning to conclude the season in strong fashion.

"I didn't want people to think that I was just packing it in because it's the end of the season," Weaver told the team's official website. "We still have a job to do. If I was feeling healthy, I'd be out there.

"I'm excited to go out there and make that last start on Wednesday."

The A's surely don't share that sentiment since they've managed only 10 hits off him while striking out 26 times over the past three matchups.

That likely means Oakland will need another strong performance from Dan Straily (10-7, 4.08), who is 4-0 with a 2.15 ERA over his last five starts. That impressive stretch came after he went 0-5 with a 5.20 ERA in seven outings, starting with a 2-0 defeat at Angel Stadium on July 20.

The rookie right-hander, though, did his part by yielding two runs in seven innings while his offense was held to three hits.

Still, he's 0-2 with a 7.31 ERA in three starts versus Los Angeles this year.

Straily's recent success continued Thursday, when he allowed two earned runs in 5 2-3 innings of an 8-6 home win over Minnesota.

Oakland's Jed Lowrie had two hits Tuesday and is 12 for 31 (.387) with three homers, seven RBIs and eight runs over the past seven games.

He's 11 for 23 (.478) with two homers while driving in eight runs and scoring six in his past seven meetings with the Angels.

Los Angeles' Howie Kendrick is batting .353 with 12 RBIs in 16 games versus Oakland in 2013. He's homered in both games of this series after failing to go deep in his previous 30, and his five RBIs match his total from his previous 16 contests.

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 SERIES AT A GLANCE
GAME 1
Athletics at Angels
Mon, Sep 23 Final 10 to 5
 Boxscores    Recaps
GAME 2
Athletics at Angels
Tue, Sep 24 Final 0 to 3
 Boxscores    Recaps
GAME 3
Athletics at Angels
Wed, Sep 25 Final 1 to 3
 Boxscores    Recaps

 CURRENT LAS VEGAS LINE
 Team  ML   RUN   O/U 
 OAK  +108   -210   7.5 
 LAA  -118   +175   
LAS VEGAS LINE MOVEMENTS

 CURRENT SPORTSBOOK LINE
 Team  ML   RUN   O/U 
 OAK  +104   -200   7.5 
 LAA  -114   +170   
OFFSHORE LINE MOVEMENTS

 BETTING TRENDS
 Team  ML   RUN   O/U 
 OAK  65%   56%   37% 
 LAA  35%   44%   63% 
BT MOVEMENTS

 MLB HEAD TO HEAD
 Sep 24, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 OAK 0 Under: 3 
 LAA 3 Cover: +120 
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 Sep 23, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 OAK 10 Cover: +126 
 LAA 5 Over: 15 
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 Sep 18, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 LAA 5 Cover: +165 
 OAK 4 Over: 9 
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 Sep 17, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 LAA 1 Under: 3 
 OAK 2 Cover: +100 
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 Sep 16, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 LAA 12 Cover: +125 
 OAK 1 Over: 13 
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 Jul 28, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 LAA 6 Over: 16 
 OAK 10 Cover: +100 
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 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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 MLB PREVIEWS
 Wednesday, Sep 25
 
    Mets at Reds
12:35 PM EDT
    Nationals at Cardinals
1:45 PM EDT
    Pirates at Cubs
2:20 PM EDT
    Athletics at Angels
3:35 PM EDT
    Blue Jays at Orioles
7:05 PM EDT
    Rays at Yankees
7:05 PM EDT
    White Sox at Indians
7:05 PM EDT
    Brewers at Braves
7:10 PM EDT
    Phillies at Marlins
7:10 PM EDT
    Astros at Rangers
8:05 PM EDT
    Tigers at Twins
8:10 PM EDT
    Red Sox at Rockies
8:40 PM EDT
    Royals at Mariners
10:10 PM EDT
    Diamondbacks at Padres
10:10 PM EDT
    Dodgers at Giants
10:15 PM EDT
 
 
 
  
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