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Oakland0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 370
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  W: M. Fiers (12-6)   L: M. Wright Jr. (3-2)   S: J. Familia (1)
4:05 PM PT5:05 PM MT6:05 PM CT7:05 PM ET19:05 ET23:05 GMT7:05 4:05 PM MST6:05 PM EST6:35 PM VEN3:05 UAE (+1)6:05 PM CT, September 11, 2018
Oriole Park at Camden Yards, Baltimore, Maryland  Attendance: 9,141

A's aim to improve playoff position against lowly Orioles

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Oakland Athletics at Baltimore Orioles

  1. The Orioles scored a mere five runs over three games in Oakland back in May and were swept, but Baltimore has beaten up A's pitching at Camden Yards in recent years. In the teams' last three series there, the Orioles have averaged 7.3 runs and hit 27 homers while posting an 8-2 record.
  2. Oakland has won four in a row, scoring at least seven runs in each game. That is the A's longest such streak since September of last season. They haven't scored seven or more runs in five straight games since September 19-23, 2013.
  3. Baltimore is coming off a 1-8 road trip, capped by four straight losses, to fall to 41-102 - no other team has more than 95 losses. The Orioles must play above-.500 baseball in their final 19 games to avoid matching (or breaking) the franchise record for most losses in a single season -- 111 in 1939.
  4. Stephen Piscotty is batting .359 with five homers and 16 RBI during an 11-game hitting streak, which matches a season high. His career high is a 12-game hitting streak from August 23-September 15, 2015.
  5. Alex Cobb has turned things around since the beginning of August, going 3-1 with a 2.51 ERA and six quality starts in seven outings. He was 2-14 with a 6.08 ERA through July with nine quality starts in 19 outings. His 2.25 career ERA versus Oakland (nine starts) is his lowest against any AL opponent.
  6. Mike Fiers is 4-0 with a 2.94 ERA in six starts since being acquired from Detroit, and the eight-year veteran has already matched a single-season career high with 11 wins. He's faced the Orioles three times -- all at Camden Yards -- and allowed just five runs in 20 innings while holding them to a .197 average.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 9/11/2018 thru 9/13/2018

BALTIMORE -- The Oakland A's and the Baltimore Orioles enter their three-game series on Tuesday at Camden Yards headed in different directions.

Oakland (87-57) has won four in a row, coming off a weekend sweep of Texas at home. The A's are in good shape for the playoffs, just 2 1/2 games behind the Houston Astros in the American League West and having, at the least, locked up a wild-card spot.

But Oakland remains just 2 1/2 games behind the New York Yankees for the first of the two wild-card spots. So with 18 games left, the A's still have plenty to play for. The big key for Oakland, as it was in a victory over Texas on Sunday, is the team has been finding help in so many ways.

That's one reason the A's have had such a great season so far.

"You get these contributions from so many guys," A's manager Bob Melvin told the media. "It's pretty cool when everybody in that clubhouse is contributing to it."

In the A's 7-3 win over Texas, Stephen Piscotty hit his 23rd homer, and Shawn Kelley, who has been helping the bullpen since the A's picked him up from Washington, got the win in relief.

The Oakland lineup features five players with more than 20 home runs -- led by Khris Davis (41 homers, 108 RBIs). The team can hurt an opponent in so many ways.

Baltimore, however, is going in a completely different direction.

The Orioles held a massive fire sale and got rid of a number of high-priced veterans in July as the first step in a major rebuilding project that leaves many questions unanswered. Baltimore has been fielding a very young and inexperienced lineup in recent days as management is trying to get a look at what they've got.

It's a big reason the Orioles have not played well for various stretches since all of the trades while hitting better. But they are coming off Tampa Bay beating them in three straight games in a series this past weekend in Florida.

Overall, Baltimore went 1-8 on that road trip and now sits at 41-102, the worst record in the major leagues. The younger players keep making mental and physical mistakes.

"We'll meet Tuesday and go over a lot of game mistakes and see if we can keep from repeating them," Orioles manager Buck Showalter told the media after Sunday's loss in Tampa Bay. "We did a lot of things young players do."

The Orioles will send Alex Cobb (5-15, 4.97 ERA) to the mound against the A's Mike Fiers (11-6, 3.36). Cobb has been dealing with a blister issue and hasn't pitched since Sept. 4.

Despite the record, Cobb has been strong for the Orioles since the All-Star break. He has gone 3-1 since Aug. 1 and has pitched much better than earlier in the season. Cobb is 4-3 with a 2.25 career ERA versus Oakland.

Fiers starts for the A's. He is 11-6 with a 3.36 ERA but has pitched well since coming to Oakland in an August trade with the Tigers.

Fiers is 4-0 with a 2.94 ERA in six Oakland starts and has given the A's a needed boost. He has a 2-1 record and a 2.25 career ERA against Baltimore.

Updated September 10, 2018

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