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Exhibition Game Thread #1: Oakland A’s vs. Giants

First pitch at 6:40 p.m. PT

Cleveland Indians v Oakland Athletics Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images

Baseball is back! This game doesn’t count in the standings, but it does in our hearts, because it’s been 10 months since we’ve seen live ball. I would have taken a college game at this point, and instead we get our favorite team against our arch-nemesis.

The game is televised on NBC Sports California, and you click here for all the other how to watch/listen info.

A’s Lineup (home):

  1. Marcus Semien, SS
  2. Matt Chapman, 3B
  3. Matt Olson, 1B
  4. Khris Davis, DH
  5. Mark Canha, CF
  6. Stephen Piscotty, RH
  7. Robbie Grossman, LF
  8. Sean Murphy, C
  9. Tony Kemp, 2B
  • Sean Manaea, LHP

That looks just about like an Opening Day lineup to me, except they’ll be facing a lefty on Friday so the 2B position probably won’t be Kemp that particular day. Also, Ramon Laureano is out tonight with a tight calf but should be back Tuesday, reports insider Martin Gallegos.

Giants lineup (away):

  1. Austin Slater, LF
  2. Wilmer Flores, 3B
  3. Donovan Solano, 2B
  4. Darin Ruf, DH
  5. Pablo Sandoval, 1B
  6. Mauricio Dubon, CF
  7. Brandon Crawford, SS
  8. Jaylin Davis, RF
  9. Chadwick Tromp, C
  • Kevin Gausman, RHP

I know who at least half of them are. Brandon Belt (heel) and Evan Longoria (oblique) are both out with injuries and will start the season on the IL, removing two more familiar names from the infield corners.