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Toronto Blue Jays vs. Oakland Athletics Pick & Prediction MAY 6TH 2021

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Marcus Semien completed a homecoming with four hits, including a home run, and Randal Grichuk drove in five runs, three with a homer, as the visiting Toronto Blue Jays salvaged a four-game split with the Oakland Athletics with a 10-4 victory on Thursday afternoon.

Danny Jansen also homered for the Blue Jays, who were held to a total of five runs in two losses to open the series before exploding for 19 in two wins.

Mark Canha hit Hyun-Jin Ryu's second pitch of the game for a home run, his fifth of the season, but things went pretty much downhill from there for the A's, who lost for the fourth time in seven outings on their 10-game homestand.

After the A's had overcome a three-run Grichuk homer in the top of the third inning to take a 4-3 lead on an RBI double by Matt Olson and two-run single by Sean Murphy in the bottom of the inning, the Blue Jays scored twice in the fourth to take a lead they never relinquished before tacking on in the sixth and seventh.

Jansen's homer, his first of the year, followed a single by Jonathan Davis off A's starter Mike Fiers (0-2) in the fourth to put Toronto on top 5-4.

Fiers was pulled two batters later, charged with five runs on nine hits in 3 1/3 innings. He walked two and struck out two.

Teoscar Hernandez had a two-run single and Grichuk an RBI double in a four-run seventh that broke the game open.

Semien's homer, his seventh of the year, came with no one aboard in the seventh to complete the scoring.

Ryu (2-2) picked up the win despite allowing four runs and six hits in five innings. He walked one and struck out six.

Cavan Biggio and Bo Bichette had three hits apiece for Toronto, which out-hit the host 16-6. Semien scored three times and Hernandez twice.

The homer by Grichuk was his sixth of the season. The five RBIs raised his season total to 26.

--Field Level Media

The visiting Toronto Blue Jays will have their ace back on the mound when they try to gain a split of a four-game series against the Oakland Athletics on Thursday afternoon.

Hyun Jin Ryu is scheduled to come off the injured list and start for the Blue Jays, who defeated the Athletics 9-4 on Wednesday after dropping the first two games of the series.

Ryu (1-2, 2.60 ERA) will make his sixth start of the season. The left-hander went on the IL on April 26 with a glute strain. He is 1-0 with six scoreless innings in one career start against Oakland.

He will face Athletics right-hander Mike Fiers (0-1, 4.50 ERA), who will make his second start of the season.

Fiers started the season on the 10-day injured list with a lumbar strain. He was reinstated on April 26 and was in the bullpen before making his first start, a 3-2 home loss to the Baltimore Orioles on Friday. He allowed three runs, six hits and two walks in six innings.

Fiers needs seven strikeouts to become the 42nd active pitcher with at least 1,000 strikeouts. He is 1-4 (4.22 ERA) in nine career appearances (eight starts) against Toronto.

The news was not so good on another front for the Blue Jays. They returned outfielder George Springer (right quadriceps strain) to the IL. He has played four games this season because of oblique and quad strains.

Outfielder Jonathan Davis was recalled to take his place.

Springer, the Blue Jays' big offseason signing, underwent an MRI on his right quadriceps early Wednesday.

Blue Jays manager Charlie Montoyo said the decision to have an MRI was made in consultation with Springer and the Jays' medical team because the injury was not healing fast enough.

"The main reason we did it is we didn't see him improving fast enough," Montoyo said. "We decided to get some imaging done to determine the next step."

Springer was removed from the game on Sunday with what then was described as "fatigue" in his quadriceps and legs.

The Blue Jays could face more injuries. Reliever David Phelps felt discomfort in his shoulder as he warmed up on the mound for the bottom of the eighth. And infielder Joe Panik left in the late innings with a calf issue.

In gaining the victory on Wednesday, the Blue Jays took advantage of a rare off night by the Athletics' bullpen.

Oakland starter Chris Bassitt went seven innings and handed off a 3-2 lead in the eighth to Lou Trivino, who gave up five runs, three hits and two walks in one-third of an inning.

Entering the game on Wednesday, Trivino, Jake Diekman and Yusmeiro Petit had combined for nine saves and a 1.53 ERA with 49 strikeouts in 48 2/3 innings. Until Trivino on Wednesday, they had not blown a save all season.

"It doesn't surprise me," Athletics manager Bob Melvin said before the game. "We felt like Lou had closer potential a couple of years ago. Jake's always been a guy that certainly has the ability and track record and numbers to close. Petit hadn't been in a closing situation for us because he's usually in a game earlier in an even tougher spot. All three of these guys have heavier workloads to this point. They've all been very successful and part of the reason that we have the record that we do."

--Field Level Media

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Last Injuries

Oakland Athletics

  • J.B. Wendelken

    Out indefinitely | 10-day IL

    Wendelken has been shuttled to the 10-day injured list due to a left oblique strain, and it is unknown when he will return to action.

  • A.J. Puk

    Mid May | 10-day IL

    Puk has been shifted to the 10-day injured list with a left bicep strain, and he is not expected to make his season debut until the middle of May.

  • Aramis Garcia

    Out indefinitely | 10-day IL

    Garcia has been moved to the 10-day injured list with viral enteritis, and it is unknown how long he will be debilitated.

  • Chad Pinder

    Mid May | 10-day IL

    Pinder has been assigned to the 10-day injured list with a left knee sprain, and he is expected to be out of commission until at least the middle of May.

  • Jesus Luzardo

    Out indefinitely | 10-day IL

    Luzardo has been shifted to the 10-day injured list due to a left pinky fracture, and it has yet to be determined when he will return.

  • Burch Smith

    Mid May | 10-day IL

    Smith has been added to the 10-day injured list with a strained right groin, and he is not projected to take the mound until the middle of May.

  • Matt Olson

    Ques Sun | questionable

    Olson has missed the past three games with an eye injury, and it is unknown if he will be available for Sunday's contest with the Orioles.

Toronto Blue Jays

  • Tommy Milone

    Out indefinitely | 10-day IL

    Milone has been shifted to the 10-day injured list due to left shoulder inflammation, and it remains to be seen when he will be available to return.

  • Joe Panik

    Ques Fri | questionable

    Panik was absent from the previous game due to left calf tightness, leaving his status against the Astros on Friday hazy.

  • David Phelps

    Out indefinitely | 10-day IL

    Phelps has been designated for the 10-day injured list with a right lat strain, and he will miss an undetermined length of time.

  • George Springer

    Out indefinitely | 10-day IL

    Springer has been added to the 10-day injured list with a right quad strain, and he will miss an undetermined length of time.

  • Alejandro Kirk

    Hip Flexor
    Early June | 10-day IL

    Kirk was shuttled to the 10-day injured list with left hip flexor discomfort, and it is unlikely that he will return before the beginning of June.

  • Anthony Castro

    Out indefinitely | 10-day IL

    Castro has been designated for the 10-day injured list due to right forearm strain, and it remains to be determined when he will return to the lineup.

  • Julian Merryweather

    Out indefinitely | 60-day IL

    Merryweather has been transferred to the 60-day injured list due to a left oblique strain, and the severity of the injury is unclear.

  • Hyun Jin Ryu

    Prob Thurs | probable

    Ryu has been activated from the 10-day injured list after recovering from a right glute strain, and he is expected to suit up for Thursday's matchup with the Athletics.