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Game Thread #154: Athletics versus Rangers

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After a strong campaign, the Rangers clinched a playoff spot on the A's home turf during last night's affair, and so today the A's look to bounce back and, at the very least, spoil the Rangers' bid for the best record in the American League. Despite the loss last night, the A's continued to play a brand of baseball that would inspire hope for next season, especially behind Graveman's mostly perfect performance on the mound.

Raul Alcantara has been improving with each and every start he's made thus far, and looks to continue that positive trend as he takes on the Rangers in his second consecutive start. Opposing Alcantara is Yu Darvish, who still has yet to solve his A's problem.

First pitch is just after 1:00 PM. Lineups are below.

Today's Lineups

TEXAS RANGERS OAKLAND A'S
Delino DeShields Jr. - CF Joey Wendle - 2B
Jurickson Profar - 2B Danny Valencia - RF
Nomar Mazara - RF Stephen Vogt - DH
Joey Gallo - DH Khris Davis - LF
Ryan Rua - 1B Ryon Healy - 3B
Jared Hoying - LF Yonder Alonso - 1B
Elvis Andrus - SS Marcus Semien - SS
Robinson Chirinos - C Bruce Maxwell - C
Hanser Alberto - 3B Jake Smolinski - CF
Yu Darvish - RHP Raul Alcantara - RHP