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    Booksmakers give the Tampa Bay Rays (8-0) the edge (-286 on the moneyline) to continue their eight-game win streak when they meet the Oakland Athletics (2-6), at +234, on Sunday at 1:10 PM ET. Tampa Bay’s Drew Rasmussen starts against Oakland’s James Kaprielian.

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    Game Info, Betting Lines for Rays vs. Athletics

    • Game Day: Sunday, April 9, 2023
    • Game Time: 1:10 PM ET
    • Location: St. Petersburg, Florida
    • Stadium: Tropicana Field
    Rays vs Athletics Betting Information
    Favorite Favorite Moneyline Total
    Rays -286 7.5

    How Do I Watch the Rays vs. the Athletics?

    • TV Channel: BSSUN

    Rays Stats & Trends

    Rays Batting

    • The Tampa Bay Rays have hit a league-leading 21 home runs, averaging 2.6 per game.
    • Tampa Bay ranks fourth in the majors with a .282 batting average.
    • The Rays rank third in baseball with an on-base percentage of .365.
    • Tampa Bay’s hitters strike out 6.4 times per game, the fewest strikeouts in the majors.
    • The Rays average 2.4 homers per game when playing at home this season (12 total in home contests).
    • Tampa Bay is averaging 4.4 extra-base hits per game while slugging .562 in home contests.
    • The club averages 9.0 hits per game and is batting .278 at home this season.

    Rays Key Batters

    • Wander Franco has 12 hits to go with a slugging percentage of .727, both of which rank first among Tampa Bay hitters this season.
    • Among qualifying hitters in the majors, Franco ranks 21st in batting average, 33rd in on-base percentage, and 11th in slugging.
    • Franco has recorded at least one hit in three straight games. In his last five games he is batting .227 with two home runs, a walk and four RBI.
    • Randy Arozarena leads Tampa Bay with an OBP of .472 this season while batting .367 with four walks and eight runs scored.
    • Arozarena’s batting average ranks 19th among qualified players, his on-base percentage 17th, and his slugging percentage 18th.
    • Arozarena heads into this game looking to extend his eight-game hit streak. In his last eight outings he is hitting .367 with three doubles, two home runs, four walks and 10 RBI.
    • Yandy Diaz is batting .222 with a .481 slugging percentage and six RBI this year.
    • Isaac Paredes has been key for Tampa Bay with eight hits, an OBP of .370 plus a slugging percentage of .560.
    • Paredes heads into this game on a two-game hitting streak. During his last five outings he is hitting .375 with two home runs, a walk and eight RBI.

    Athletics Stats & Trends

    Athletics Batting

    • The Athletics have hit eight homers this season, which ranks 19th in the league.
    • Oakland has a team batting average of just .209 this season, which ranks 28th among MLB teams.
    • The Athletics have an OBP of just .284 this season, which ranks 27th in MLB.
    • Oakland ranks 15th with an average of 8.9 strikeouts per game.

    Athletics Key Batters

    • Tony Kemp is hitting .222 with a double and five walks.
    • Kemp is 140th in batting average, 99th in on-base percentage and 171st in slugging percentage among all qualified hitters in the majors.
    • Esteury Ruiz is batting .231 with three doubles and three walks.
    • Including all qualifying players, Ruiz ranks 134th in batting average, 87th in on-base percentage and 136th in slugging percentage.
    • Ryan Noda is batting .222 with a double, two home runs and three walks.
    • Ramon Laureano has racked up seven hits while slugging .552. Both are team-highs.

    Rays vs. Athletics Probable Pitchers

    Drew Rasmussen (TB) Pitcher James Kaprielian (OAK)
    1 – 0 W/L 0 – 0
    6 IP 5
    0.00 ERA 9.00
    0.333 WHIP 1.800
    10.5 K/9 9.0
    0.0 BB/9 3.6

    Rays vs. Athletics Injury Updates

    • Rays: Jose Siri: 10 Day IL (Hamstring), 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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