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Game Thread #44: Oakland A’s at Texas Rangers

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First game of a doubleheader. And an MLB debut on the mound!

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Milwaukee Brewers v Oakland Athletics
MLB debut!
Photo by Michael Zagaris/Oakland Athletics/Getty Images

It’s doubleheader day, again! The Oakland A’s just played two on Tuesday, and now they’ll do so again Saturday. (Spoiler alert: There’s another coming Monday.)

The A’s will take on the Texas Rangers twice today, and this is Part 1. Like all doubleheaders this summer, each game will last only seven innings apiece in regulation (unless extras are needed, as usual).

This isn’t just any old game, though. Oakland is welcoming a new prospect for his MLB debut, as Daulton Jefferies will start on the mound. The UC Berkeley product ranks No. 4 on our Community Prospect list, behind only Luzardo, Puk, and Murphy, and he brings a strong arsenal that he maximizes with top-notch control and command. After missing two seasons to Tommy John surgery, he returned to health last year and posted more than 10 strikeouts per walk in High-A and Double-A combined.

The Rangers counter with Nick Goody, who is a reliever. I’m not sure if he’s opening for another starter, or if this is a pure bullpen game, or if he’s going to genuinely throw several innings in this abbreviated contest, but it’s his first MLB start and he only made four in his entire minor league career. He has a 6.23 ERA this season in 8⅔ innings of work.

The big news of the day is that Oakland star third baseman Matt Chapman is out for the year with hip surgery. In his place, rookie Vimael Machin is at the hot corner today, though there are other candidates to share that duty moving forward.

First pitch is 2:05 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. DH Tommy La Stella (L)
  2. SS Marcus Semien (R)
  3. CF Ramon Laureano (R)
  4. 1B Matt Olson (L)
  5. LF Robbie Grossman (S)
  6. RF Mark Canha (R)
  7. 3B Vimael Machin (L)
  8. C Jonah Heim (S)
  9. 2B Tony Kemp (L)
  • Daulton Jefferies, RHP

Chapman had already been out all week, but now there’s a finality to that absence. And yet, this is still a good lineup. Especially if Machin keeps hitting.

Rangers lineup (home)

  1. CF Leody Taveras (S)
  2. 3B Isiah Kiner-Falefa (R)
  3. LF Nick Solak (R)
  4. DH Joey Gallo (L)
  5. 2B Rougned Odor (L)
  6. SS Elvis Andrus (R)
  7. 1B Ronald Guzman (L)
  8. RF Eli White (R)
  9. C Jeff Mathis (R)
  • Nick Goody, RHP

We get our first look at White, a former A’s draftee and farmhand. He debuted this month but is 1-for-20 so far.

Let’s Go Oakland!