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Game Thread #103: A's vs. Indians

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After a brutal yet typical bullpen loss Wednesday, the A's look to rebound behind Chris Bassitt as the A's return home for an 11 game stand.

The dog.
The dog.
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Hello and welcome to a beautiful Thursday night of A's baseball!

After a miserable display Wednesday, the A's look to give their fanbase a respite from the team's Achilles left leg, the bullpen. With one day till the deadline, and the A's looking like they will remain quiet on the trading front, it's time to find other things to get excited about. So, here goes:

-Chris Bassitt, a small piece of a bigger deal has been nails for the A's. Some of that is likely luck, but the giant righty certainly has upside! Look for him to continue to grow in the spacious Coliseum, and also learn to enjoy the inevitable 4-5 curveballs that end closer to third base than home.

-Billy Burns' reinflated ball looks to spark the lineup again. He is so fun to watch.

-Josh Reddick is on fire, and hopefully he can continue that against Carlos Carrasco, who is also a delight in our sight.

-The Astros traded for like everyone, because screw the Angels.

Unfortunately, after being traded to the Cardinals, Brandon Moss will not be making his return to the Coliseum tonight. Gotta be happy for the guy to get another crack at the playoffs, however!

Let's go A's! While I don't expect a win every night, or even that often, please, please, PLEASE, don't put me through last night again.

Today's Lineups

CLEVELAND INDIANS OAKLAND A'S
Jason Kipnis - 2B Billy Burns - CF
Francisco Lindor - SS Sam Fuld - LF
Michael Brantley - LF Josh Reddick - RF
Carlos Santana - 1B Ike Davis - 1B
Yan Gomes - C Brett Lawrie - 3B
Lonnie Chisenhall - DH Stephen Vogt - C
Giovanny Urshela - 3B Billy Butler - DH
Michael Bourn - CF Eric Sogard - 2B
Tyler Holt - RF Marcus Semien - SS
Carlos Carrasco - RHP Chris Bassitt - RHP