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Game Thread #94: Oakland Athletics at Seattle Mariners

Vogt rides an 11-game hitting streak. He bats second tonight and plays first.
Vogt rides an 11-game hitting streak. He bats second tonight and plays first.
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The Oakland Athletics (58-35) face the Seattle Mariners (50-43) at Safeco Field for the second game of this three-game set headed into the All-Star Break. Taking the mound for the A's is Jesse Chavez (7-5, 3.06, 101 K). Chavez pitched last Tuesday against the San Francisco Giants, tossing six innings of four-hit shutout baseball and earning the victory.

Seattle opposes Chavez with Hisashi Iwakuma (7-4, 3.07, 72 K). The third-place vote getter in last year's AL Cy Young voting, Iwakuma appears to have regained his stride after two consecutive quality starts against the Houston Astros and then the Minnesota Twins. This is his first game against the Athletics this year.

Happy Birthday A's Equipment Manager Steve Vucinich

Vucinich has been with the club since it moved from Kansas City in 1968, initially as a ball boy, and serving in various clubhouse roles until becoming equipment manager in 1994.

Today's Lineups

John Jaso - DH Endy Chavez - RF
Stephen Vogt - 1B James Jones - CF
Yoenis Cespedes - LF Robinson Cano - 2B
Brandon Moss - RF Logan Morrison - 1B
Josh Donaldson - 3B Kyle Seager - 3B
Jed Lowrie - SS Corey Hart - DH
Derek Norris - C Dustin Ackley - LF
Eric Sogard - 2B Brad Miller - SS
Craig Gentry - CF Jesus Sucre - C
Jesse Chavez - RHP Hisashi Iwakuma - RHP

The A's All-Star catcher is batting seventh. Think about that for a moment. Then remember there are three other All-Stars, two other catchers, and Jed Lowrie batting in front of him. *Fosse "Wow."*

Alberto Callaspo was placed on the disabled list today with Andy Parrino called up. Parrino is not in the starting lineup, but Bob Melvin has a few possible uses for him, as the San Francisco Chronicle's Susan Slusser tweets:

Besides Parrino, Coco Crisp and Nick Punto are available switch-hitters off the bench, though no word if Crisp was improved from yesterday, when he did not appear in the game to pinch hit. Right-handed batter Nate Freiman is also available after he entered the game last night after Alberto Callaspo exited.

Bullpens rested

The Mariners are trotting out a nine-man bullpen headed into the All-Star Break and only used Fernando Rodney yesterday. Meanwhile, Jeff Samardzija pitched all eight innings for the Athletics yesterday. Both bullpens are pretty well-rested, though Tom Wilhelmsen will probably not be available today given his pseudo-start on Thursday.


Notable notables

From the Oakland Athletics game notes:

  • Since 2012, Oakland's mark of 248-169 (.595) is eight games better than the next in baseball, the Atlanta Braves' 240-177 (.576).
  • The A's 25 outfield assists is good for a tie for second in the majors and matches the A's season total from last year.
  • This day in 1988, Athletics catcher Terry Steinbach is named All-STar Game MVP after driving in all the AL's runs with a homer and a sacrifice fly in a 2-1 victory.
  • Hitting streaks: Donaldson - 2 games; Jaso - 4; Lowrie - 7; Parrino - 1; Vogt - 11

First pitch is at 7:10 pm!