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Tom Milone out to silence Rays bats in MLB contest

Tampa Bay RaysOakland Athletics
July 31, 10:05 PM | GrassO.co Coliseum

Tampa Bay Rays vs Oakland Athletics Odds

53-49TEAM RECORD55-46

The Tampa Bay Rays will look to grab a road win when they take on the Athletics in Oakland at O.co Coliseum on Tuesday in baseball odds action.

James Shields gets the ball in front of a hostile crowd for the Rays on this day; he's 8-7 on the season. The Athletics, meanwhile, will counter with Tom Milone, who will be looking to improve on his 9-7 mark.

View Tampa Bay vs Oakland Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Baseball odds makers opened the Athletics as -135 moneyline favorites in this matchup. Over under bettors saw the number open at 7.

Power Rankings:
The Athletics - Rays odds would favor the Rays if the lines were set according to our power ranks. Oakland is rated No. 10 in the current American League Odds Shark poll, while Tampa Bay is at No. 5 in the American League.

How They Match Up:
Rating these teams in several key categories is important for handicappers and Oakland has the American League's No. 13-rated offensive output, at 7.8 hits per game. The Rays average 7.6 hits per game, good for No. 14 on the American League list.

Pitching and defensive stats are important baseball handicapping factors and Oakland has the American League's No. 1-ranked defense. In the other dugout, the Rays own the American League's No. 2 mark in runs allowed.

The Rays were a 4-3 loser in their most recent outing on the road against the Athletics. That made winners of bettors who got Oakland at +120 on the moneyline, while the total score (7) was good news for OVER bettors. David Price fanned 11 batters in a 4-3 loss against Oakland in the team's last game, played on Monday at O.co Coliseum.

A few Rays at Athletics trends to consider:
Tampa Bay is 1-3-1 SU in its last 5 games ,when playing on the road against Oakland
Tampa Bay is 1-4-1 SU in its last 6 games ,when playing Oakland
Oakland5-0-1 SU in its last 6 games at home
Oakland18-4-1 SU in its last 23 games
Oakland4-1-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing Tampa Bay

Next up:
Tampa Bay at Oakland, Wednesday, August 1