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Oakland Athletics vs. Tampa Bay Rays Free Pick - 8/31/13

Tampa Bay Rays (75-58) at Oakland Athletics (76-58)

MLB Baseball: Saturday, August 31, 2013 at 9:05 pm (O.co Coliseum)

Alex Cobb (R) (8-2) (2.871) vs. Sonny Gray (R) (1-2) (3.699)

Oakland Athletics -113 / Tampa Bay Rays +103 --- Over/Under: 8 See the Latest Odds


The Tampa Bay Rays try to get revenge Saturday at the Oakland Athletics after falling 4-3 in Oakland.

TB tied the game at three to begin the eighth, only to see the A's take the lead back on Jed Lowrie's RBI-double. The Rays squared things thanks to James Loney's RBI-double.

Oakland Athletics vs. Tampa Bay Rays Free Pick - 8/31/13

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Tampa Bay scored on Matt Joyce's sacrifice fly and Yunel Escobar's single. Kurt Suzuki put Oakland on top 3-1 during the bottom of the fifth with a home run. The Athletics were outhit 8-7 by the Rays.

Alex Cobb (8-2, 2.87 ERA) throws next for TB, trying to avoid his first loss since April 30 at the Kansas City Royals. Has it been that long? Eleven starts have passed, including five Cobb victories, three on the road, surrendering six, five earned, during 19 innings.

Boston and KC crushed Cobb for eight runs, seven earned, during 12.1 frames in two April away starts to hand him 5-0 and 8-2 defeats. Oakland, however, was toppled 8-3 April 19 by Cobb, who went 7.1 innings of three-run baseball. The A's had 10 hits, but are 18-of-85 with four RBIs versus Cobb.

Oakland knows scoring may be at a premium so they'd like very much for Sonny Gray (1-2, 3.18 ERA) to bounce back from his worst outing of the year. Gray gave up six runs during 3.1 frames at the Baltimore Orioles to fall 10-3. At O.co Coliseum Gray is 1-0, downing the Houston Astros 5-0 10 days earlier on Aug. 15. Houston didn't strike during eight innings against Gray.

The Athletics are 1-1, though, when Gray goes at O.co and 1-5 altogether when he fires away. I don't have a clue what Gray is going to give us, while Cobb will throw with tons of ferocity. The Rays should be in control of things when either side turns to the relievers during Game Two.

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