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Game Thread #90: Athletics at Indians

MLB: Oakland Athletics at Cleveland Indians Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

It is a late morning swing game for the A’s, as the team seeks to win its second series versus the Indians in as many weekends. Pitching for the A’s is Brett Anderson, who is returning from the DL to replace Paul Blackburn, who is going onto the DL with an elbow issue. Blackburn going down with an injury is an unfortunate blow, but with Trevor Cahill and Daniel Mengden due back from the DL themselves within the next week, reinforcements for the starting rotation are on the way. Anderson has had mixed results in the show this year, and today’s start should play a large role in whether or not he keeps his job in the rotation with the aforementioned Cahill and Mengden due to return.

Anderson will be opposite Shane Bieber, a rookie right handed starter who has a sub-3.00 ERA in his first five career starts, and should be a tough test for the Athletics lineup.

First pitch is at 10:10. Lineups are below