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Game Thread #8: A’s vs. Rangers

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The A’s will send Daniel Mengden to the mound with the series win on the line.

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim  v Oakland Athletics Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images

The good news? The A’s can do no worse than a series split based on the results of today’s game.

The great news? They could also seal up the first series win of the year.

After a stellar performance on all fronts last night, the series momentum is certainly in the A’s’ favor.

In his last start, Daniel Mengden went 5.2 innings, giving up 5 runs on 7 hits — but also struck out a solid 5. He indisputably has the best mustache in baseball, so the only question that remains is whether his first start struggles were just that, or if we have a larger problem on our hands.

First pitch is at 12:35! Note that the game is being live-streamed on Twitter in addition to the usual sources.

Today's Lineups

TEXAS RANGERS OAKLAND A'S
Shin-Soo Choo - DH Marcus Semien - SS
Joey Gallo - 1B Chad Pinder - LF
Elvis Andrus - SS Jed Lowrie - 2B
Adrian Beltre - 3B Khris Davis - DH
Nomar Mazara - RF Matt Olson - 1B
Rougned Odor - 2B Matt Chapman - 3B
Ryan Rua - LF Jonathan Lucroy - C
Drew Robinson - CF Stephen Piscotty - RF
Juan Centeno - C Jake Smolinski - CF
Martin Perez - LHP Daniel Mengden - RHP