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Game Thread #13: Athletics vs. Rangers

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If the A's and Rangers are not washed out tonight, Jharel Cotton takes on A.J. Griffin.

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Well, it's been an interesting few days. We may or may not be rained out tonight, and at the time this pregame was written and scheduled to publish, the game was still on. The rain is scheduled to decrease between 7 and 8 PM and be complete by 9 PM. So just listen to the game or check your social media for updates. If I'm out of the commute in time, I will certainly update status here. Or possibly another AN writer will jump on to be sure you know.

Update:

As you know from the headlines in a number of articles on the front page of Athletics Nation, there have been a number of roster changes this week. Please take a look at those articles if you haven't already so that you can be up to date on roster changes:

- Bruce Maxwell called up
- Kendall Graveman on DL
- Semien having surgery, Pinder and Rosales to split the time

For tonight, Jharel Cotton, the rookie that right out of the gate is looking good, will hopefully notch win #2 this evening as he takes on A.J. Griffin, 1-0 with a 6.75 ERA. Our bats need to be big tonight, and if we learned anything from Saturday-- there's no more leaving runners stranded. PERIOD. Doesn't matter if that's third base or second base we've gotta move those runners to score. Vogt and Alonso have the best bat against Griffin which is one of the reasons were are seeing Alonzo start at first and Vogt in the DH role. Bruce Maxwell will be catching. When you take a look at the rest of lineup, it should give you confidence going into tonight's game. It does for me.

Here's the lineup for tonight's A's game:

Today's Lineups

TEXAS RANGERS OAKLAND A'S
Carlos Gomez - CF Rajai Davis - CF
Elvis Andrus - SS Matt Joyce - RF
Nomar Mazara - RF Jed Lowrie - 2B
Mike Napoli - 1B Khris Davis - LF
Rougned Odor - 2B Stephen Vogt - DH
Jonathan Lucroy - C Yonder Alonso - 1B
Shin-Soo Choo - DH Trevor Plouffe - 3B
Joey Gallo - 3B Bruce Maxwell - C
Jurickson Profar - LF Adam Rosales - SS
A.J. Griffin - RHP Jharel Cotton - RHP