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Final 1 2 3   4 5 6   7 8 9   R H E
Toronto0 0 2 0 0 1 2 0 0 5131
Oakland0 0 0 1 0 0 0 3 0 472
  W: D. Hudson (1-1)   L: B. Anderson (3-1)   S: K. Giles (7)
1:07 PM PT2:07 PM MT3:07 PM CT4:07 PM ET16:07 ET20:07 GMT4:07 1:07 PM MST3:07 PM EST3:37 PM VEN0:07 UAE (+1)3:07 PM CT, April 21, 2019
Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum, Oakland, California  Attendance: 16,015

Jays, Sanchez seek sweep of A's

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Toronto Blue Jays at Oakland Athletics

  1. The Athletics won all seven games against the Blue Jays last season, the first time either team has swept the other in a single season. Oakland's seven-game winning streak is the longest in the series since the A's also won seven straight between the 1998 and 1999 seasons.
  2. The Blue Jays won their first series since their season-opening set, taking three of four at Minnesota. The Jays have scored 63 of their 75 runs after the third inning this season -- their 12 runs in innings 1-3 are the second fewest in baseball (San Francisco -- 10).
  3. Oakland split a two-game set with Houston, totaling just three runs and eight hits between the two games. The A's had put up at least 10 hits in each of their previous seven games.
  4. Teoscar Hernandez slashed .400/.438/.800 with two home runs and six RBI in the series against the Twins. He had totaled six RBI over his first 15 games of the season while slashing .204/.298/.286.
  5. Aaron Brooks has made two starts against Toronto in his career, making just seven total outs while giving up 15 runs for an ERA of 57.86. This season he is 2-1 but has allowed eight runs in 11.0 innings in his last two starts after throwing six scoreless innings in his first start.
  6. Marcus Stroman is 0-3 despite having an ERA of 1.99. He is the fourth pitcher in the divisional era (since 1969) to go 0-3 or worse with an ERA under 2.00 and first since San Diego's Dustin Moseley in 2011. Stroman has the lowest average run support among qualifying pitchers at 0.40 per nine innings.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 4/19/2019 thru 4/21/2019

When the visiting Toronto Blue Jays go for a series sweep against the Oakland Athletics on Sunday afternoon, they won't get a chance to face injured former teammate Marco Estrada.

But all you have to do is look around the two clubhouses to see that Estrada has impacted both teams.

The veteran right-hander, who signed with the A's in free agency over the winter after going 39-40 for the Blue Jays over the past four seasons, surprised his new Oakland teammates with green bathrobes -- featuring last names and uniform numbers on the back -- during spring training.

Almost a month later, they are a staple in the Oakland clubhouse after, and even sometimes before, games.

Estrada, currently out with a lumbar strain, said he stole the idea from David Price, who purchased bathrobes for the Blue Jays in 2015.

"I wore mine literally every day, not just during the season, but the offseason," Estrada told reporters during spring training. "I thought it was the greatest thing. So when I got here, I missed mine. But I didn't want to be the only one with one, so I got them for everyone."

Liam Hendriks, a member of that 2015 Blue Jays team that also has since joined the A's, immediately applauded Estrada's gesture upon seeing the green-and-gold gifts.

"The entire team embraced it; there weren't too many guys I didn't see wearing one," he told reporters. "I've still got my Jays one hanging up in my closet at home.

"It's definitely a good way to endear yourself from the get-go, which he wasn't going to have a problem with anyway, Marco's a good dude."

A's hitters have hardly needed to shower after two consecutive one-run outings to open the three-game series.

Sunday, they will try to break out against right-hander Aaron Sanchez (2-1, 2.86), a California native who has never pitched in Oakland in his career. He hasn't fared well against the A's in his home games, going 0-2 with an 8.71 ERA in four appearances, including two starts.

Interestingly, one of two current A's who have homered against Sanchez in their career head-to-heads is Kendrys Morales, a former member of the Blue Jays.

Morales was called upon to pitch the ninth inning of a 10-1 loss on Saturday, keeping the ball in the ballpark but allowing one run and one hit and two walks.

The A's will counter with left-hander Brett Anderson (3-0, 2.63), who has never beaten Toronto, going 0-1 with a 2.57 in two career starts.

Anderson has given up two hits, including a double, in three career duels with Toronto third baseman Brandon Drury, who has homered in each of the first two games of the series.

Hot or not, Drury could find himself relegated to a utility role as early as this upcoming week, with Toronto reportedly set to promote prize prospect Vladimir Guerrero Jr. from the minors.

"I don't know when he's coming," Blue Jays manager Charlie Montoyo insisted to reporters on Friday, preferring to focus on the series at hand. "I really don't."

--Field Level Media

Updated April 21, 2019

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