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    Wander Franco takes a two-game home run streak into the Tampa Bay Rays’ (7-0) matchup with the Oakland Athletics (2-5) and Ryan Noda, who has also hit home runs in two straight games. The Rays are favored (-285) for this matchup with the Athletics (+234), which begins at 4:10 PM ET on Saturday at Tropicana Field. Jeffrey Springs starts for Tampa Bay while Oakland will counter with Shintaro Fujinami.

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    Game Info, Betting Lines for Rays vs. Athletics

    • Game Day: Saturday, April 8, 2023
    • Game Time: 4:10 PM ET
    • Location: St. Petersburg, Florida
    • Stadium: Tropicana Field
    Rays vs Athletics Betting Information
    Favorite Favorite Moneyline Total
    Rays -285 7.5

    How Do I Watch the Rays vs. the Athletics?

    • TV Channel: BSSUN

    Rays Stats & Trends

    Rays Batting

    • The Tampa Bay Rays average 2.6 home runs per game and have hit a league-high 18 home runs in total.
    • Tampa Bay is fourth in the majors with a .285 batting average.
    • The Rays rank fifth in MLB with a .356 on-base percentage.
    • Tampa Bay strikes out 7.1 times per game to rank third in baseball.
    • The Rays average 2.3 homers per game when playing at home this season (nine total in home outings).
    • Tampa Bay is slugging .557 with 4.5 extra-base hits per game in home contests.
    • At home this season the team averages 9.3 hits per game and is batting .282.

    Rays Key Batters

    • Franco leads Tampa Bay in slugging percentage (.793) and total hits (11) this season.
    • Among all qualifying hitters in MLB, Franco ranks 15th in batting average, 27th in on-base percentage, and eighth in slugging.
    • Franco has recorded a base hit in two games in a row. In his last five games he is batting .286 with a double, two home runs, two walks and four RBI.
    • Randy Arozarena leads Tampa Bay with an OBP of .484 this season while batting .360 with four walks and seven runs scored.
    • Arozarena’s batting average is 24th among qualified players, his on-base percentage 16th, and his slugging percentage 33rd.
    • Arozarena heads into this matchup looking to extend his seven-game hit streak. During his last seven games he is batting .360 with three doubles, a home run, four walks and six RBI.
    • Yandy Diaz has six hits this season and has a slash line of .261/.370/.565.
    • Jose Siri is batting .318 with a .333 OBP and eight RBI for Tampa Bay this season.
    • Siri enters this game on a six-game hitting streak. During his last six outings he is hitting .318 with two doubles, two home runs, a walk and eight RBI.

    Athletics Stats & Trends

    Athletics Batting

    • The Athletics’ eight home runs rank 14th in Major League Baseball.
    • Oakland has a team batting average of just .221 this season, which ranks 26th among MLB teams.
    • The Athletics have the 25th-ranked on-base percentage in MLB this season (.295).
    • Oakland ranks 14th in MLB in strikeouts per game with an average of 8.7 Ks per contest.

    Athletics Key Batters

    • Tony Kemp has a double and five walks while batting .222.
    • Including all qualifying hitters in the big leagues, Kemp is 139th in batting average, 101st in on-base percentage and 171st in slugging percentage.
    • Esteury Ruiz paces his team with a .370 OBP.
    • Ruiz’s batting average ranks 133rd among all qualified players, his on-base percentage ranks 69th, and he is 136th in slugging.
    • Ramon Laureano has racked up a team-high slugging percentage (.615) while leading the Athletics in hits (seven).
    • Noda has a double, two home runs and three walks while batting .235.

    Rays vs. Athletics Probable Pitchers

    Jeffrey Springs (TB) Pitcher Shintaro Fujinami (OAK)
    1 – 0 W/L 0 – 1
    6 IP 2.1
    0.00 ERA 30.86
    0.167 WHIP 3.429
    18.0 K/9 15.4
    1.5 BB/9 11.6

    Rays vs. Athletics Injury Updates

    • Rays: Tyler Glasnow: 15 Day IL (Oblique), Shane Baz: 15 Day IL (Elbow), Shawn Armstrong: 15 Day IL (Neck), Andrew Kittredge: 60 Day IL (Elbow)
    • Athletics: Manny Piña: 10 Day IL (Wrist), Drew Rucinski: 15 Day IL (Undisclosed), Freddy Tarnok: 15 Day IL (Undisclosed), Paul Blackburn: 15 Day IL (Finger), Kirby Snead: 60 Day IL (Shoulder)
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