Happy Friday and welcome to the Friday night game thread of a long, holiday-filled three day weekend! Happy Fourth, America! I haven't actually boarded the train to the second half of the season; talk to me when .500 approaches the station, but I will concede that the A's are playing better baseball, and right up until last night's game, this week of baseball was pretty awesome.
Tonight, the A's open a series against the National League, in the person of the Pittsburgh Pirates. Sonny Gray will take the mound against the Buccaneers tonight, facing off against Jeff Locke. Locke has been pretty great recently, and the A's are hoping Sonny Gray can continue to recover last year's form.
Here are your lineups:
|PITTSBURGH PIRATES||OAKLAND A'S|
|John Jaso - 1B||Jed Lowrie - 2B|
|Gregory Polanco - RF||Marcus Semien - SS|
|Andrew McCutchen - CF||Josh Reddick - RF|
|Starling Marte - LF||Danny Valencia - 3B|
|David Freese - 3B||Khris Davis - LF|
|Matt Joyce - DH||Billy Butler - DH|
|Josh Harrison - 2B||Jake Smolinski - CF|
|Jordy Mercer - SS||Josh Phegley - C|
|Chris Stewart - C||Yonder Alonso - 1B|
|Jeff Locke - LHP||Sonny Gray - RHP|
LET'S GO OAK-LAND!