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Watch the hottest team in Major League Baseball, the Toronto Blue Jays, host the struggling Oakland A’s live online for free and legally Tuesday — a game that could see the Blue Jays, who were eight games out of first place in the American League East on July 28, move to within a half-game of the division-leading New York Yankees.
Toronto leads all of baseball by a wide margin with 5.28 runs per game, though at times it couldn’t overcome a pitching staff that ranked 25th with a 4.24 ERA though July 7.The Blue Jays (61-52), however, have put it all together while winning 11 of 12. They’ve hit 22 home runs while averaging 5.58 runs and posted a 1.86 ERA over that stretc
The Blue Jays have now won eight straight and 11 of their last 12 games. If the Yankees lose on the road to Cleveland Tuesday, a Toronto win over Oakland, who at 51-62 have the second-worst record in the AL, closes the gap to just a half game — which is why 2015 is quickly becoming the most exciting year for baseball north of the border since 1993 when Toronto won the World Series.
Taking the mound for the Blue Jays will be Drew Hutchison as they try to shut out an opponent in three consecutive games for only the second time in franchise history and first since May 1983.
Hutchison (10-2, 5.42 ERA) has gone 8-1 with a 2.69 ERA in 11 home starts compared to 2-1 with a 9.00 mark in his 11 on the road. His 8.08 run-support average is on pace to be the highest since Shawn Estes’ 8.65 with San Francisco in 2000.
The right-hander has a 6.67 ERA over his last six outings. He allowed seven runs – three earned – over five innings in Wednesday’s 9-7 home win over Minnesota.
In his only career start versus Oakland, Hutchison gave up three runs over 5 2-3 innings in a 4-2 road loss July 6, 2014. The A’s, though, rank last in the majors with 2.95 runs per game since July 21.