The Saturday MLB schedule will get underway with a matinee between the Oakland Athletics and Toronto Blue Jays from Rogers Centre. Last night, Dustin Fowler hit his first career home run and had a tiebreaking RBI in the seventh inning to lead Oakland to a 3-1 victory over Toronto. The Athletics have won four of their last five games and are five games behind Houston for the AL West Division lead.
Twenty-six year old southpaw Sean Manaea (5-4 2.35 ERA) will take the mound for the Athletics in this matchup. In his last start, Manaea allowed eight hits and four runs during a 6-5 road victory over Boston.
The Toronto Blue Jays come into this game having lost five of their last six games overall. On Friday, SP Marco Estrada (2-4) allowed three runs over six plus innings and took the loss. Toronto is a game below .500 overall and 8.5 games behind New York for the AL East Division lead.
The Blue Jays will counter with twenty-seven year old righty Joe Biagini (0-2 7.98 ERA) on Saturday. Through 14 plus innings, Biagini has struck out 11 batters and owns a 1.84 WHIP.