Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Brewers to visit Oakland after long absence

It's been 14 years since the Brewers visited the Oakland Coliseum, their longest drought of any road venue. That ends Tuesday.
Jimmy Nelson starts for Milwaukee against Sonny Gray for the A's in the opener of a two-game Interleague series, and a matchup of former SEC rivals. The Brewers drafted Nelson out of Alabama in the second round in 2010, and Gray went to the A's out of Vanderbilt in the first round in 2011.
Neither pitcher appeared when the A's visited Milwaukee's Miller Park last month, when the Brewers won both games. The last time the teams met in Oakland, the A's took all three games by a composite score of 27-8.
Things to know about this game
• A's outfielder Khris Davis, who was removed from Saturday's game with a minor left calf injury, is expected to return to the starting lineup Tuesday for the series opener against his former club. The Brewers traded Davis to Oakland for a pair of prospects just before the start of Spring Training.
• Nelson was the Brewers' best starter through the end of May, but is battling a funk in June. He is 0-3 with a 9.69 ERA in three starts this month, raising his overall ERA from 2.88 to 3.92.
• Oakland batters went 8-for-62 (.129) against Brewers pitchers when these teams met at Miller Park. Four of those hits went for extra bases, however.

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