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Game Thread #119: A’s Versus Royals

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MLB: Baltimore Orioles at Oakland Athletics
 Aug 13, 2017; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Athletics third baseman Matt Chapman (26) celebrates with designated hitter Ryon Healy (25) and right fielder Matt Olson (28) after hitting a three-run home run during the fourth inning of the game against the Baltimore Orioles at Oakland Coliseum. 
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After the high five, long-ball weekend—we may just find that tonight is a tougher outing. Royals right-handed rookie pitcher Jake Junis was recalled from AAA Omaha today to start the series against Oakland’s Jharel Cotton, 5-9 with a 5.72 ERA. Junis is replacing injured Trevor Cahill. Junis last pitched for the Royals on August 6th, going 8 innings and only giving up one run on four hits. Junis returned to AAA and did not pitch last week so he is well-rested.

Cotton is coming off a tough loss to the Mariners on August 9th where he gave up 6 runs in 6 innings, giving up 8 hits—three of them homeruns. Redemption time. Since being reinstated from the disabled list on July 30th, Cotton is 0-1 with an 8.59 ERA in his three games since July 30th.

Please see Dani Baker-Gillman’s series preview at https://www.athleticsnation.com/2017/8/14/16146260/athletics-vs-royals-royal-pains.

Today's Lineups

KANSAS CITY ROYALS OAKLAND A'S
Whit Merrifield - 2B Matt Joyce - RF
Lorenzo Cain - CF Marcus Semien - SS
Eric Hosmer - 1B Ryon Healy - DH
Melky Cabrera - DH Khris Davis - LF
Mike Moustakas - 3B Matt Olson - 1B
Jorge Bonifacio - RF Chad Pinder - 2B
Alcides Escobar - SS Matt Chapman - 3B
Alex Gordon - LF Bruce Maxwell - C
Cameron Gallagher - C Boog Powell - CF
Jake Junis - RHP Jharel Cotton - RHP