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Oakland A’s announce roster for 2019 Wild Card Game

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Here are the 25 players suiting up on Wed against the Rays.

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The Wild Card Game is finally here! In just a few hours, the Oakland A’s and Tampa Bay Rays will face off in a one-and-done elimination game, battling for a trip to the ALDS. Wednesday morning, the A’s announced their active roster for the game.

We already knew that Sean Manaea would be starting on the mound, and Mike Fiers would be available in the bullpen, and Stephen Piscotty would be left out. Here’s the full list. (Lefties and switch-hitters denoted by an L or S.)

Starting pitcher

  • Sean Manaea (L)

Bullpen

  • Liam Hendriks
  • Yusmeiro Petit
  • Joakim Soria
  • Jake Diekman (L)
  • Ryan Buchter (L)
  • J.B. Wendelken
  • Jesus Luzardo (L)
  • A.J. Puk (L)
  • Chris Bassitt
  • Mike Fiers

Catchers

  • Sean Murphy
  • Josh Phegley

Infielders

  • Matt Olson (L)
  • Jurickson Profar (S)
  • Marcus Semien
  • Matt Chapman
  • Chad Pinder
  • Sheldon Neuse
  • Franklin Barreto

Outfielders

  • Mark Canha
  • Ramon Laureano
  • Robbie Grossman (S)
  • Khris Davis
  • Seth Brown (L)

No other surprises here. The pen features six relievers, plus the two rookie phenom starters in relief, plus two spare starters just in case. The bench will feature a couple spare infielders, plus some speed with Barreto, and at least a couple strong pinch-hitters (Pinder, plus whichever outfielder doesn’t start). After a month of worrying, both Murphy and Luzardo got loopholed onto the roster just fine. Missing are Piscotty, and injured relievers Blake Treinen and Lou Trivino.

As for the Rays, they’ll line up like this:

  • Starter: Charlie Morton
  • Bullpen: Anderson, Castillo, Drake, Glasnow, Pagan, Poche (L), Roe, Snell (L), Yarbrough (L)
  • Catchers: d’Arnaud, Zunino
  • Infielders: Adames, Aguilar, Brosseau, Choi (L), Diaz, Duffy, Lowe (L), Robertson, Wendle (L)
  • Outfielders: Garcia, Kiermaier (L), Meadows (L), Pham

For more on the Rays, check out our scouting report on the starting pitcher Morton (including career matchup numbers against the A’s lineup), as well as our rundown of the Rays hitters.