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Game Thread #54: Athletics vs Mariners

MLB: Oakland Athletics at Pittsburgh Pirates Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

The A’s have shown a knack for fighting back against adversity this season. Jurickson Profar is looking like the Jed Lowrie replacement the lineup needed after a trying time to start the year. Mike Fiers bounced back from an awful April with a no-hitter and a strong May. The bullpen, which led all of MLB in blown saves through the first month, is now one of the top forces in the game, as anticipated. Demoralizing losing streaks are immediately followed by exhilarating winning streaks.

The final obstacle for the team to overcome is the elusive Sunday win. The A’s have zero wins, seven losses, and one TBD record on Sundays, with last week’s game getting postponed until September. However, with the team having won 8.5 games in a row and Brett Anderson pitching at home, a Sunday victory and a sweep of the reeling Mariners feels within reach.

Skye Bolt will be making his first career start as Stephen Piscotty continues to recover from an illness. First pitch is at 1:07. Lineups are posted below.