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Game Thread #17: Oakland A’s at Los Angeles Angels

Keep up the streak in Anaheim!

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Texas Rangers v Oakland Athletics
Visualizing a scoreless 4th inning
Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images

Nine-game winning streak! First place in the AL West by five games ... over the second-place Rangers!

The Oakland A’s are as hot as can be, firing on all cylinders from their rotation to their bullpen to their offense to their defense. They just swept the Astros and left them defeated both on and off the field. Peaks don’t last forever, but this one is pretty fun so far.

Now they head out on the road to visit the Los Angeles Angels, down in Anaheim. It’s a rematch after Oakland took 3-of-4 on opening weekend, but this Halos squad looks quite different than the one we saw last month. Click here for the full series preview.

The A’s send Sean Manaea to the mound, hoping he can figure out how to extend his dominance for more than three innings. In each of his starts so far he’s initially looked great but then gotten lit up in the 4th and beyond, so progress would include putting up a zero in that bugaboo frame or at least lasting through the 5th and even 6th.

Meanwhile, the green and gold will get their first look at Angels starter Julio Teheran, who missed the opening series while recovering from coronavirus. The right-hander hasn’t faced the A’s since 2017, but back then Khris Davis homered off him. Teheran began with a limited workload in his debut outing against the Mariners last week, getting pulled in the 3rd after 52 pitches. Oakland will also see superstar Anthony Rendon and prized rookie outfielder Jo Adell for the first time this week.

First pitch is 6:40 p.m., with the following options to watch or listen:

  • TV: NBC Sports California
  • Radio: 960 AM
  • Online video stream: fuboTV
  • Online audio stream: iHeartRadio

A’s lineup (away)

  1. SS Marcus Semien (R)
  2. CF Ramon Laureano (R)
  3. 1B Matt Olson (L)
  4. 3B Matt Chapman (R)
  5. DH Mark Canha (R)
  6. LF Robbie Grossman (S)
  7. RF Stephen Piscotty (R)
  8. 2B Chad Pinder (R)
  9. C Sean Murphy (R)
  • Sean Manaea, LHP

Interesting to see the righty Pinder in there against the righty Teheran, rather than hot lefty Tony Kemp.

Angels lineup (home)

  1. SS David Fletcher (R)
  2. 2B Tommy La Stella (L)
  3. CF Mike Trout (R)
  4. 3B Anthony Rendon (R)
  5. DH Shohei Ohtani (L)
  6. 1B Albert Pujols (R)
  7. LF Justin Upton (R)
  8. C Max Stassi (R)
  9. RF Jo Adell (R)
  • Julio Teheran, RHP

A couple extra righties in there against Manaea, including Stassi and the Upton/Adell outfield combo.

Let’s Go Oakland!