GDB 79.0: Yusei Kikuchi takes the mound for rubber match with A’s

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Zach Laing
10 months ago
The Toronto Blue Jays look to close out a three-game set with the Oakland Athletics on a high note after the series started on anything but. 
Friday night, the Jays dropped a frustrating game to the A’s as Shea Langerlies blasted a go-ahead run in the top of the ninth and Toronto couldn’t get it back in the bottom. Saturday, however, is more of what you’d expect against a team like Oakland jumping out to an early lead and never looking back. 
The Yusei Kikuchi revenge tour continues today as he gets a look at the A’s. Oakland, meanwhile, will send Luis Media to the mound for the rubber match. 
First pitch: 4:07 p.m. EST
Toronto Blue Jays: 42-36, 10.0 GB, 0.0 WCGB, +12 DIFF.
Oakland Athletics: 20-59, 28.5 GB, 22.5 WCGB, -213 DIFF.
Odds via Betano:
Moneyline: TOR -278; OAK +225.
Starting pitchers:
TOR: Yusei Kikuchi – 6-2, 77 IP, 3.97 ERA, 5.41 FIP, 1.286 WHIP, 9.0 SO/9, 2.7 BB/9
OAK: Luis Medina – 1-6, 43 2/3 IP, 7.01 ERA, 5.47 FIP, 1.557 WHIP, 8.5 SO/9, 3.9 BB/9
TOR: George Springer DH, Whit Merrifield LF, Bo Bichette SS, Vladimir Guerrero Jr. 1B, Matt Chapman 3B, Cavan Biggio RF, Santiago Espinal 2B, Kevin Kiermaier CF, Tyler Heineman C.
OAK: Esteury Ruiz CF, Carlos Perez 1B, Brent Rooker RF, Aledmys Diaz SS, Jace Peterson 2B, Shea Langliers C, JJ Bleday DH, Jonah Bride 3B, Tony Kemp 3B.

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Zach Laing is the Nation Network’s news director and senior columnist. He can be followed on Twitter at @zjlaing, or reached by email at zach@thenationnetwork.com.


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