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Friday, August 23rd (All times Eastern)

Oakland Athletics (71-55) at Baltimore Orioles (68-58), 7:05 p.m.

Probable Starting Pitchers: Oakland - Dan Straily (6-7, 4.22) Baltimore - Bud Norris (9-10, 3.93)

(Sports Network) - A pair of playoff hopefuls clash Friday at Camden Yards as the Oakland Athletics open a three-game series against the Baltimore Orioles.

The Athletics currently occupy one of the final two wild card spots in the American League and are 2 1/2 games behind Texas for the AL West lead. Baltimore is three games off a wild card spot and 5 1/2 behind Boston for the top spot in the AL East.

Oakland will begin a seven-game road trip in Baltimore and just went 4-5 on a recent homestand, which was capped with two losses in three matchups with the Seattle Mariners. In Wednesday's 5-3 loss to the Mariners, Oakland blew a 3-1 lead and surrendered four unanswered runs.

Brandon Moss and Coco Crisp both homered and Yoenis Cespedes finished 2-for-4 with a run scored for the A's. A.J. Griffin got the start for Oakland and allowed four runs in six innings to take the loss.

"Everything that we did today is what's wrong with us," A's manager Bob Melvin said. "We didn't add on early, we didn't make big pitches when we had to, we didn't come through in situational at-bats. Ugly, ugly game for us and it's been going on for awhile."

Oakland addressed its catching depth by trading for Washington's Kurt Suzuki, who spent the first 5 1/2 seasons of his career with the A's. He is batting just .223 with three homers and 25 RBI.

Dan Straily tries to end his winless streak when he takes the mound for Oakland Friday. He is 0-5 with a 4.09 earned run average in his last six starts and took the loss in last Saturday's 7-1 setback to Cleveland. He allowed three runs in 5 2/3 innings with seven K's and a season high-tying four walks.

Straily, a right-hander, is 6-7 in 20 starts to go along with a 4.22 ERA and lost his only career start against Baltimore last Sept. 16, when he surrendered four runs in 4 2/3 innings of a 9-5 loss.

Baltimore has won three of five games since losing four in a row and will continue a nine-game homestand (3-3) Friday.

The Orioles salvaged the finale of a three-game series versus the Tampa Bay Rays with Wednesday's 4-2 win behind starter Wei-Yin Chen, who delivered seven innings of two-run ball for the win. Tommy Hunter later came on to post his fourth save with a scoreless ninth.

Chris Davis hit his major league-leading 46th home run and Adam Jones went deep for the 26th time. Nate McLouth was 2-for-4 with a run scored for the Orioles.

"It was a big win," O's catcher Matt Wieters said. "You'd like to get a series, but the only thing would could tonight was to win one game. Wei-Yin threw the ball great and we were able to get enough runs and give him some support."

Bud Norris will take the mound for the Orioles Friday and he is 3-1 with a 3.91 ERA in five games (4 starts) since coming over via a trade with the Houston Astros. The right-hander is 0-2 with a 7.82 ERA in three career starts against the Athletics.

The Orioles won three of four games in Oakland from April 25-28 this season.

08/23 10:51:51 ET

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Local
Final
DUKE 31
ARST 36
Final
UNC 89
UAB 58
3rd
TAM 2
CAR 1
 
Final
CHA 94
ORL 102
 
Final
LAC 98
TOR 110
Final
WAS 101
BOS 88
 
Final
CHA 94
ORL 102
 
4th
MIA 69
MEM 72
 
Half
BRK 47
IND 50
 
3rd
CHI 51
NOP 49
 
2nd
MIL 33
ATL 30
 
1st
UTA 16
PHI 8
 
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Final
VT 33
CIN 17
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DUKE 31
ARST 36
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SCAR 24
MIAMI 21
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PSU 31
BC 30
 
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USC 17
NEB 17
 
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GEOR 91
IND 87
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SHU 72
MAINE 43
 
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UWGB 78
UGST 61
 
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MINN 108
UNCW 82
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JVU 75
JVST 61
 
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LOU 50
KENT 58
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NW 76
NKENTUCKY 55
 
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PEPP 53
IUPUI 55
 
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GAELS 73
SCU 60
 
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UNC 89
UAB 58
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MD 72
OU 56
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BYU 80
GONZ 87
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UGA 86
MERC 77
 
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PAC 71
USF 77
 
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VT 87
PBY 65
 
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OSU 100
WRST 55
2nd
WKENT 70
BRESCIA 33
 
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TENN 29
TENST 26
 
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NMST 14
COLST 6
 
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ILL 23
KNST 10
 
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SDU 12
PORT 7
 
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WEBER 22
BRISTOL 24
 
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WLVRN 23
SACST 18
 
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UTST 15
WBAP 13
 
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CLB 6
BOS 2
 
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TAM 2
CAR 1
 
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OTT 2
DET 2
 
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NYR 2
NJD 1
 
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BUF 3
NYI 3
 
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MIN 1
WIN 2
 
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PIT 0
WAS 1
 
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ARI 1
ANA 1
 
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STL 2
DAL 3
 
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NAS 1
PHI 1
 
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COL 2
CHI 1
 
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