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Game Thread #146: Athletics at Astros

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Happy Wednesday! baseballgirl joining you in a departure from my usual Friday; after last week’s disaster, we thought we’d shake it up a bit this week, and I’m in charge of Wednesday instead.

In case you’re just tuning in, the A’s have scored 21 runs to the Astros’ 22 in the first two games of this series; because the A’s saved all of theirs up for one game, this four game series has been split a game a piece coming into tonight’s. If the first two are any indication of how this is going to go, we’ll know who wins this game in the first inning; Monday the A’s were down 6-0, yesterday they were up 7-0.

Brett Anderson is on the mound to start the game and rumor has it that Jesus Luzardo is ready to make his major league debut. Let’s hope it’s a nice, long, run-free start for Anderson first.

Another amazing name in the lineup tonight is Ramon Laureano, who despite how bad it looked last week, is in the lineup; this time in right field, probably to cut down on how much running he is to do. Mark Canha, who I don’t think it would be a stretch to say he has made himself one of the most valuable members of the A’s this season, will play in center field. Sean Murphy, after his monster day yesterday, will be catching again.

Here is the A’s lineup: