Series: Game 4 of 4

Oakland won 3-1

Game 1: Friday, August 9
Game 2: Saturday, August 10
Game 3: Sunday, August 11
Game 4: Monday, August 12

Athletics 5

(67-50, 32-30 away)

Blue Jays 1

(54-64, 29-31 home)

    12:37 PM ET, August 12, 2013

    Rogers Centre, Toronto, Ontario 

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    W: R. Cook (5-2)

    L: C. Janssen (4-1)

    Athletics-Blue Jays Preview

    Hitters for the Oakland Athletics and Toronto Blue Jays have to be eager for the finale of their four-game series Monday.

    The visiting Athletics are set to face a rusty starter in J.A. Happ, while Oakland starter Dan Straily has lost a career-high four straight outings.

    Powered by Josh Reddick's five homers and eight RBIs in the first two games, Oakland (66-50) is hitting .328 with 24 runs in this series. The Athletics have taken two of three by limiting Toronto (54-63) to a .225 average and 15 runs.

    Oakland, trailing Texas by one game in the AL West race, has to like its chances of capturing the set when it faces Happ (2-2, 5.84 ERA). The left-hander gave up seven runs over four-plus innings and did not receive a decision in a 9-7 loss at Seattle on Wednesday.

    That was Happ's first outing since suffering a skull fracture May 7 against Tampa Bay. He failed to record an out past the fourth inning for the third straight outing.

    "It's been a long road to get back but at the same time I felt ready to help us win," said Happ, who has never started against Oakland.

    Chris Young is the Athletics hitter Happ has faced the most, going 0 for 5.

    Josh Johnson had been scheduled to pitch Monday but Blue Jays manager John Gibbons pushed him to Wednesday due to a sore forearm.

    Straily (6-6, 4.41) has posted a 4.95 ERA during his losing streak. He gave up three runs over four innings of a 3-1 defeat to Cincinnati on Tuesday, the third consecutive outing he has failed to last five.

    The right-hander has gone 0-1 with a 2.53 ERA in two career starts against the Blue Jays. One came this season as he yielded five runs over 4 2/3 innings of a 5-0 loss July 30.

    Jose Bautista homered off Straily in that contest and is 10 for 24 with three home runs in the season series.

    The slugger has taken a back seat in this series to Reddick, who has gone 6 for 12 in the first three games thanks to his amazing display of power in the first two. He is 0 for 2 against Happ.

    Alberto Callaspo hit a tiebreaking, two-run double in the eighth inning and Brandon Moss had a two-run homer as the A's won 6-4 on Sunday to give manager Bob Melvin his 700th victory.

    "We find a way to win the game, but it wasn't pretty," Melvin said.

    Oakland played without catcher Derek Norris, who is nursing a sore back. Stephen Vogt replaced him Sunday.

    "Every win is a huge win, especially from here on out," Vogt said. "We're battling."

    A's outfielder Coco Crisp left in the eighth with a sore left wrist Sunday and is not expected to play in this game.

    Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


    Gameday Matchup

    Current StreakW1L1
    Last 107-34-6

    Pitching Matchup

    D. Straily
    10-8, 3.96 ERA

    Last Game:
    9/25 at LAA
    6.2 IP, 1 ER
    Dec = Loss
    J. Happ
    5-7, 4.56 ERA

    Last Game:
    9/28 at TOR
    7.1 IP, 1 ER
    Dec = Win

    Gameday Lineups

    1. C. Young, CF J. Reyes, SS
    2. J. Lowrie, SS M. Izturis, 2B
    3. J. Donaldson, DH J. Bautista, RF
    4. Y. Cespedes, LF E. Encarnacion, DH
    5. N. Freiman, 1B A. Lind, 1B
    6. J. Reddick, RF B. Lawrie, 3B
    7. A. Callaspo, 3B J. Arencibia, C
    8. S. Vogt, C R. Davis, LF
    9. E. Sogard, 2B E. Bonifacio, CF