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Game Thread #4: A's vs. Angels

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The Oakland A's have dropped two of three to the Angels to open the 2017 season, but they'll get a chance to even the series on Thursday before hitting the road for the weekend.

The A's will send Andrew Triggs to the mound. The right-hander had made only one professional start entering last season, but he got a chance to move up from the bullpen in August and performed well enough to earn another look this year.

He'll be opposed by lefty Tyler Skaggs, who missed all of 2015 after Tommy John surgery but returned to the mound last July. Skaggs faced the A's twice in 2014, and both times he allowed four runs in six innings of work.

Let us take a moment to marvel at a matchup of Triggs vs. Skaggs, two names that are uncannily identical in structure. They begin with a two-consonant blend, followed by a vowel, and then "ggs" to wrap things up. I would definitely watch their buddy cop movie, Triggs 'N' Skaggs, in which the running gag is Skaggs constantly telling Triggs to holster that sidearm.

Go A's!

Today's Lineups

Yunel Escobar - 3B Rajai Davis - CF
Kole Calhoun - RF Marcus Semien - SS
Mike Trout - CF Jed Lowrie - DH
Albert Pujols - DH Khris Davis - LF
C.J. Cron - 1B Ryon Healy - 1B
Ben Revere - LF Trevor Plouffe - 3B
Andrelton Simmons - SS Mark Canha - RF
Cliff Pennington - 2B Josh Phegley - C
Carlos Perez - C Adam Rosales - 2B
Tyler Skaggs - LHP Andrew Triggs - RHP