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Game Thread #130: A’s vs. Rangers

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Time for a Players Weekend sweep!

MLB: Texas Rangers at Oakland Athletics Stan Szeto-USA TODAY Sports

The A’s have their first opportunity for a sweep in...well, a long time. Can the gaudy green and gold jerseys carry us to a victory over old friend AJ Griffin?

Neither of today’s starting pitchers has had a particularly good year. Both have ERAs in the 5’s, and Jharel Cotton in particular has failed to truly follow up on the promise shown in 2016. However, Cotton finally turned it around in his last start, lasting more than 6 innings while giving up only 2 runs against an extremely strong Astros lineup. Him righting the ship to end the season would be a great storyline to carry into 2018.

Today’s lineup is rookie-tastic, with Booooooooooooog Powell batting leadoff, Maxwell bringing up the rear, and some solid bats through the middle of the lineup.

Can Squeaky lead the boys to victory?

Today's Lineups

TEXAS RANGERS OAKLAND A'S
Carlos Gomez - CF Boog Powell - CF
Shin-Soo Choo - RF Marcus Semien - SS
Elvis Andrus - SS Jed Lowrie - 2B
Adrian Beltre - DH Khris Davis - DH
Nomar Mazara - LF Matt Joyce - LF
Mike Napoli - 1B Chad Pinder - RF
Rougned Odor - 2B Matt Olson - 1B
Robinson Chirinos - C Matt Chapman - 3B
Drew Robinson - 3B Bruce Maxwell - C
A.J. Griffin - RHP Jharel Cotton - RHP

Game time is 1:05 PT. Go A’s!