Khris Davis led the majors with 48 homers in 2018 and holds the early advantage out of the gate this season with 10 to go along with 20 RBIs. The 31-year-old slugger hit another homer by striking a two-year contract for a reported $33.5 million heading into the Oakland Athletics' opener of a three-game series versus the visiting Toronto Blue Jays on Friday.
Davis has belted 143 homers since being acquired in a trade with Milwaukee in 2016, with his three seasons of at least 40 blasts tying him with Mark McGwire and Hall of Famer Jimmie Foxx for the most in Athletics' history. On a significantly smaller scale, Mark Chapman launched his third homer in six games as Oakland posted its fifth win in seven outings with 2-1 triumph over Houston on Wednesday. Former Athletic Eric Sogard has made an immediate impact with Toronto since being promoted from Triple-A Buffalo this week, collecting two doubles among his six hits to go along with three RBIs and two runs scored. Sogard ripped a three-run double and Randal Grichuk, Justin Smoak and Teoscar Hernandez each had a home run as the Blue Jays recorded their third win in four contests with a 7-4 victory over Minnesota on Thursday.
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PITCHING MATCHUP: Blue Jays RH Marcus Stroman (0-3, 1.99 ERA) vs. Athletics RH Aaron Brooks (2-1, 4.24)
Stroman sustained his third straight loss on Sunday after allowing three unearned runs on as many hits in four innings in an 8-4 setback versus Tampa Bay. The 27-year-old was done in by an error from second baseman Lourdes Gurriel Jr. in the third inning as well as his own throwing error in the fourth to go along with four free passes. Stroman, who has struggled against Marcus Semien (4-for-7) and Davis (3-for-6, one homer), owns an 0-1 mark with a 6.75 ERA and 1.88 WHIP in four career encounters against Oakland.
Brooks rebounded from a demoralizing outing at Houston on April 6 with a strong one in Baltimore five days later, allowing three runs on as many hits in six innings of an 8-5 win. The 28-year-old benefited from a pair of homers by Davis in that contest against the Orioles to help him overcome one from Dwight Smith Jr. in the first inning. Brooks, who has worked himself back to the majors after a 3 1/2-year absence due to injuries and poor performance, is winless in his previous two encounters with the Blue Jays.
1. Hernandez has reached base in 19 of his last 35 at-bats.
2. Oakland SS Jurickson Profar, who has a club-high five errors, has 10 RBIs over his last eight games.
3. Grichuk has 11 hits and nine runs scored in his last nine contests.
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Key Players to Watch
- KneeEarly June | 10-day IL
Martini has been placed on the 10-day injured list with a right knee sprain and a hyperextended back muscle. He is likely to be idle until at least the early part of June.
- BackEarly June | 10-day IL
Estrada is on the 10-day injured list with a lumbar strain. He had an ablation procedure performed on his back and is projected to be absent from the lineup until at least the start of June.
- NeckProb Sun | probable
Anderson left his last outing due to a cervical strain, but he is expected to make his next scheduled start Sunday against the Mariners.
- HipQues Fri | questionable
Davis was held out of the previous game due to a left hip contusion, and his status for Friday's tilt against the Mariners is in question.
- HipProb Tues | probable
Davis sat out the previous game with lingering soreness in his right hip but is expected to take part in Tuesday's tilt with the Indians.
- ShoulderMid July | 60-day IL
Manaea is on the 60-day injured list due to labrum repair surgery on his left shoulder. He is not expected to return until after the All-Star break.
- ElbowMid June | 60-day IL
Cotton has been transferred to the 60-day injured list while healing from Tommy John surgery and will likely be sidelined until the middle of June.
- HipProb Sun | probable
Davis sat out the previous game dealing with a sore left hip, but is expected to take the field on Sunday against the Tigers.
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Toronto Blue Jays
- ElbowOut indefinitely | 10-day IL
Tepera has landed on the 10-day injured list with a right elbow impingement, and the team has yet to announce a return date.
- PersonalOut indefinitely | out
Luciano has been placed on the bereavement list. He is permitted to miss three to seven days.
- ElbowEarly June | 60-day IL
Borucki has been moved to the 60-day injured list with left elbow soreness. He is expected to be out of commission until at least the beginning of June.
- ShoulderOut indefinitely | 10-day IL
Buchholz has been placed on the 10-day injured list with a Grade 2 teres major strain in his right shoulder. He is likely to miss an extended period.
- KneeProb Thurs | 10-day IL
Richard has been activated from the 10-day injured list where he was recuperating from a stress reaction in his right knee. He is expected to make his season debut Thursday against the Red Sox.
- KneeOut indefinitely | 60-day IL
Travis is on the 60-day injured list while recovering from surgery to repair a minor meniscus tear in his left knee. There is currently no timetable for return.
- ThumbProb Wed | probable
Sogard sat out his second straight game due to a left thumb sprain but is expected to play against the Red Sox on Wednesday.
- WristQues Wed | questionable
Giles was held out of the previous game with soreness in his right wrist, leaving his availability for Wednesday's tilt with the Red Sox in question.
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