Make us your home page
Instagram

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Rays-Athletics preview

. UP NEXT

Related News/Archive

at Athletics

Tonight-Wednesday

What's new: The AL West-leading Athletics are 35-19 at home and lead the majors in runs with 545. They bolstered their pitching before the trading deadline, adding RHP Jeff Samardzija from the Cubs before the All-Star break and LHP Jon Lester from Boston. Their offense remains their strength; Oakland torched Kansas City for eight runs in the fifth inning Saturday, though it was shut down by ex-ray James Shields on Sunday. 3B Josh Donaldson is second in the league in Wins Above Replacement (5.2), behind the Angels' Mike Trout. Only Arizona's outfield has more assists than Oakland's 28.

Key stat: Oakland has outscored opponents by 164 runs — the most in the majors, far ahead of the second-place Angels (87). The A's 14 consecutive winning months marks their longest stretch in Oakland history.

Connections: Rays RHP Grant Balfour had 64 saves over the past three seasons with the A's, LHP Jake McGee is from San Jose, C Curt Casali is from nearby Walnut Creek. Oakland RHP Jason Hammel, LHP Scott Kazmir, C John Jaso, C Stephen Vogt, OF Sam Fuld, OF Jonny Gomes and RHP Jesse Chavez (briefly) are all former Rays.

Series history: A's lead 91-56 overall, 21-50 in Oakland.

Matt Baker, Times staff writer

Rays-Athletics preview 08/03/14 [Last modified: Sunday, August 3, 2014 8:14pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Muslim faith greater than fear for Wharton's Rania Samhouri (w/video)

    Tranckandfieldpreps

    TAMPA — Rania Samhouri graduated Monday night from Wharton High School, and many times throughout the ceremony she flashed back to a moment that changed her life.

     Rania Samhouri stretches after track practice on Monday April 24, 2017 at Wharton High School in Tampa, Florida. Rania, who is Muslim, recently started wearing her hijab during track competitions. She graduates from Wharton this year and will attend University of South Florida on scholarship next year.
  2. Bucs' Doug Martin relying on strength from drug rehab to power his return

    Bucs

    TAMPA — He would not talk about the drug he abused. He would not identify the rehab facility he entered in January or how long he was there.

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Doug Martin participates in an "open OTA practice" at One Buc Place, the team's training facility, in Tampa, Fla., on Tuesday, May 23, 2017.
  3. NCAA: Former USF basketball assistant gave improper benefits

    Colleges

    TAMPA — Former USF men's basketball assistant coach Oliver Antigua provided impermissible benefits, including lodging at his home, for two prospective student-athletes while they received on-campus tutoring, according to findings reported to the school by the NCAA.

  4. Back to .500, Rays feel ready to roll (w/video)

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — Who wants to be mediocre? Middling? Average? Run-of-the-mill?

    Rays catcher Jesus Sucre tags out the Angels’ Mike Trout trying to score from second base after a perfect peg from rightfielder Steven Souza Jr. in the first inning.
  5. Rays journal: Steven Souza Jr. preserves shutout with perfect throw

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — The closest the Angels came to scoring off RHP Matt Andriese in Thursday's 4-0 Rays victory occurred in the first inning, when DH Mike Trout tried to score from second on a single to right. But the throw from RF Steven Souza Jr. was on the money, and Trout was out.

    "That …

    Colby Rasmus collects high fives and shoulder rubs after driving in all four of the Rays’ runs in their victory Thursday. Rasmus had two run-scoring hits a day after hitting a home run.