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Game Thread #20: A's at Angels

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Can Hahn get a firm grip on Trout?

Cool guy Jaff
Cool guy Jaff
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After a restful off day, the A's are back to the grind. In their quest to play an entire season's worth of inter-divisional games in April, the Athletics find themselves headed to Anaheim for 3 games against the Angels before jetting off to Houston. But not Arlington. Why? Because, that's why.

Jesse Hahn is doing the throwing for Oakland today. Hahn, always a mystery, is coming off a start against Texas where he walked 4 but gave up only 1 run in 6 innings. As we've been saying for a couple years now, the potential is clearly there, and with Gray still out of the rotation for now, this is a good opportunity for Hahn to prove that he can stick in the big leagues and control all of his pitches.

On the mound for the Angels is JC Ramirez. Ramirez started the season in the bullpen before taking over starting duties after Garrett Richards went back on the DL. It has not been a smooth transition for Ramirez thus far (8 runs yielded in less than 11 innings), though I suppose it rarely is unless your name is Andrew Triggs.

You'll note that certified power hitter and team glue Adam Rosales is batting 9th - sad time :(

Today's Lineups

OAKLAND A'S LOS ANGELES ANGELS
Jaff Decker - CF Yunel Escobar - 3B
Ryon Healy - DH Kole Calhoun - RF
Jed Lowrie - 2B Mike Trout - CF
Khris Davis - LF Albert Pujols - DH
Stephen Vogt - C Jefry Marte - 1B
Yonder Alonso - 1B Andrelton Simmons - SS
Trevor Plouffe - 3B Cameron Maybin - LF
Matt Joyce - RF Danny Espinosa - 2B
Adam Rosales - SS Martin Maldonado - C
Jesse Hahn - RHP JC Ramirez - RHP

Game time is 7:07 PT today, because if there is one thing the Angels are lacking, it is money - 2 extra minutes of ads should make the difference!