Oakland Athletics (90-59, second in AL West) vs. Tampa Bay Rays (81-66, third in AL East)

St. Petersburg, Florida; Sunday, 1:10 p.m. Eastern

PROBABLE PITCHERS: Athletics: Mike Fiers (12-6, 3.29 ERA, 1.16 WHIP, 129 strikeouts) Rays: Diego Castillo (3-2, 3.31 ERA, 1.00 WHIP, 53 strikeouts)

BOTTOM LINE: Either Oakland or Tampa Bay will secure a series victory with a win. The Rays are 6-1 in games started by Castillo. The Tampa Bay pitching staff is limiting opponents to just a .229 batting average this year. Oakland’s lineup has 135 home runs this season, led by Khris Davis’ mark of 42. The Rays won Saturday’s contest 7-5. Andrew Kittredge picked up his second win of the season.

TOP PERFORMERS: Matt Olson has 27 home runs this season, 13th in the American League. Matt Chapman has 13 hits and is batting .310 over his past 10 games for Oakland. C.J. Cron is batting .249 for the Rays this season, and his .477 slugging percentage is 18th in the American League. Kevin Kiermaier has three home runs and nine RBIs while slugging .917 over his past 10 games for Tampa Bay.

LAST 10 GAMES: Athletics: 7-3, .257 batting average, 3.54 ERA, outscored opponents by 20 runs. Rays: 7-3, .257 batting average, 3.50 ERA, outscored opponents by 21 runs.

RAYS INJURIES: The Tampa Bay Rays placed RHP Jose Mujica on the 60-day disabled list and will miss the 2019 season with a forearm injury on Sunday, Sept. 2.

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The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by HERO Sports, and data from Sportradar.

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