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The Dodgers and Nationals are interested in Justin Wilson

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With the trade deadline drawing ever nearer, both the Dodgers and Nationals have started to set their sights on potential pitching reinforcements. That includes Tigers’ powerhouse lefty reliever Justin Wilson, though FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal notes that the club may be reluctant to sell at the deadline as they’re still in the hunt for a wild card.

That doesn’t appear to have deterred interest in the 29-year-old southpaw, who will collect a $2.7 million salary in 2017 and is under control through the 2018 season. Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press reports that as many as four clubs have sent scouts to follow the Tigers lately, including the Astros, Cubs, and aforementioned Dodgers and Nationals. Should the Tigers become sellers at the deadline, Rosenthal adds that there would be no shortage of teams interested in the flame-throwing lefty.

The Astros nearly had a deal to acquire Wilson during the 2016 offseason, but couldn’t meet the asking price after the Tigers reportedly rejected a trade for top outfield prospect Derek Fisher. Of Wilson’s four suitors, the Astros’ and Dodgers’ bullpens currently rank at the top of the league, while the Nationals are in dead last with a collective -0.7 fWAR and 5.15 ERA. Unlike a prospect-rich organization like the Astros, the Nationals don’t appear to have many bargaining chips left to net someone of Wilson’s talent. With or without him, however, they’ll need to figure out a way to bolster their relief corps if they want to make a deep run in the playoffs this fall.

There’s much to like about Wilson aside from his obvious affordability, including the 2.48 ERA, 3.3 BB/9 and stunning 13.2 SO/9 he’s produced over just 32 2/3 innings this year. He assumed the closing role from a struggling Francisco Rodriguez in early May and set down a 2-2 record with eight saves in 20 appearances since the switch.

Video: Athletics tie home run record on the road

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The Athletics tied a league record on Saturday thanks to Stephen Piscotty, who launched a two-run, 396-foot home run off of the White Sox’ Dylan Covey to put the club on the board in the second inning. The homer may not have erased the five-run deficit the A’s were working against, but it extended their home run streak to 24 consecutive road games — tying the 1996 Orioles for the longest home run streak on the road in 22 years.

Following Piscotty’s blast, they eventually tied things up in the fifth inning with a sac fly from Dustin Fowler and a two-run double off the bat of Jed Lowrie. Daniel Mengden, meanwhile, was forced off the mound after just two innings; he expended 44 pitches and gave up five runs on four hits and two walks.

The Athletics are currently tied with the White Sox 5-5 in the fifth. They’ll attempt to get a leg up in the series finale — and earn the standalone league record for most consecutive road games with a home run — when right-hander Paul Blackburn and southpaw Carlos Rodon go head-to-head on Sunday at 2:10 PM ET.