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Preview: Rays (7-8) at Athletics (10-5)
BT Movements  ·  Line Movements
Game: 1
Venue: O.co Coliseum
Date: August 30, 2013 10:05 PM EDT
  

The Oakland Athletics' Jarrod Parker hasn't lost in over three months.

It's been seven weeks since the Tampa Bay Rays' David Price last tasted defeat.

Parker and Price put their winning steaks on the line Friday night as these AL wild-card leaders open a three-game set in the Bay area.

The 24-year-old Parker (10-6, 3.58 ERA) has given the A's a huge lift during their playoff push, going 8-0 with a 2.48 ERA in 16 starts since May 28. The right-hander has been especially dominant in his last three, allowing a combined three runs while going at least eight innings in each.

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Parker yielded one run and five hits in eight innings in Saturday's 2-1 road win over Baltimore.

"I am not really watching (my) pitch count to be honest," Parker, who threw a career-high 117 pitches, told MLB's official website. "I was just kind of digging deep at that point, trying to put zeros up and keep us in and give us chance."

Parker is 0-2 with a 3.44 ERA in three career starts against the Rays. He surrendered the game's only run in 6 1-3 innings in a 1-0 defeat at Tampa Bay on April 20.

Price (8-5, 3.28) has also proven unbeatable of late, going 5-0 with a 2.35 ERA in eight outings since the All-Star break. The reigning AL Cy Young Award winner, who owns a league-low 1.97 ERA since the beginning of July, yielded two runs and five hits in six innings to beat the New York Yankees 4-2 on Saturday.

The left-hander has gone 2-1 with a 3.66 ERA in six outings versus Oakland, striking out 45 in 39 1-3 innings.

Another solid outing from Price could go a long way for the Rays (75-57), who have hit .213 and scored 12 runs during a 1-4 slide. Tampa Bay went 0 for 8 with runners in scoring position in Thursday's 2-0 defeat to the Los Angeles Angels.

"Frustrating is a great word for today," manager Joe Maddon said. "It happens, and you've got to move it along and get ready for the next day."

Desmond Jennings is mired in a 2-for-24 slump, while Evan Longoria and Wil Myers have gone hitless in their last 36 at_bats combined.

"It's definitely not what we want, but it's what we have at this point," Longoria said of the team's upcoming 10-game road trip. "I think the one positive is we still have a lead in the wild card and we are still within close striking distance (of AL East-leading) Boston with a month of baseball to play. What more could you ask for?"

Loser in seven of nine on the road, Tampa Bay has taken six of eight from Oakland, including a three-game home sweep April 19-21.

Sitting one-half game behind the Rays in the second wild-card spot, the A's (75-58) failed to gain any ground Thursday after coming undone at Central-leading Detroit. Oakland found itself on the verge of a four-game sweep before Grant Balfour surrendered four runs in the ninth of a 7-6 walkoff loss.

"It's nice to win three games here when you're looking at it coming in," manager Bob Melvin said, "but certainly when you're in position to win the fourth one, you want to win four."

Brandon Moss, who went 4 for 5 with two homers and a career-high six RBIs in a 14-4 victory the night before, stayed hot with his fourth home run in three games. The first baseman is batting .394 with seven homers, 14 RBIs and 10 runs in his last 10.

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 SERIES AT A GLANCE
GAME 1
Rays at Athletics
Fri, Aug 30 Final 3 to 4
 Boxscores    Recaps
GAME 2
Rays at Athletics
Sat, Aug 31 Final 1 to 2
 Boxscores    Recaps
GAME 3
Rays at Athletics
Sun, Sep 1 Final 1 to 5
 Boxscores    Recaps

 CURRENT LAS VEGAS LINE
 Team  ML   RUN   O/U 
 TAM  -111   +150   6.5 
 OAK  +101   -170   
LAS VEGAS LINE MOVEMENTS

 CURRENT SPORTSBOOK LINE
 Team  ML   RUN   O/U 
 TAM  -114   +160   6.5 
 OAK  +104   -180   
OFFSHORE LINE MOVEMENTS

 BETTING TRENDS
 Team  ML   RUN   O/U 
 TAM  37%   0%   100% 
 OAK  63%   0%   0% 
BT MOVEMENTS

 MLB HEAD TO HEAD
 Apr 21, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 OAK 1 Over: 9 
 TAM 8 Cover: +100 
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 Apr 20, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 OAK 0 Under: 1 
 TAM 1 Cover: +100 
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 Apr 19, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 OAK 3 Over: 11 
 TAM 8 Cover: +100 
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 MLB PREVIEWS
 Friday, Aug 30
 
    Phillies at Cubs
2:20 PM EDT
    Indians at Tigers
7:05 PM EDT
    Orioles at Yankees
7:05 PM EDT
    Royals at Blue Jays
7:05 PM EDT
    Mets at Nationals
7:05 PM EDT
    Cardinals at Pirates
7:05 PM EDT
    White Sox at Red Sox
7:10 PM EDT
    Marlins at Braves
7:35 PM EDT
    Twins at Rangers
8:05 PM EDT
    Angels at Brewers
8:10 PM EDT
    Mariners at Astros
8:10 PM EDT
    Reds at Rockies
8:40 PM EDT
    Giants at Diamondbacks
9:40 PM EDT
    Rays at Athletics
10:05 PM EDT
    Padres at Dodgers
10:10 PM EDT
 
 
 
  
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