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Game Thread #56: Oakland A’s at Los Angeles Dodgers

Rubber match!

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The Oakland A’s and Los Angeles Dodgers have one more game together, before they go their separate ways. Perhaps they’ll meet again in the World Series in a few weeks!

For now, we have the rubber match in this mostly ceremonial three-game series, between two clubs that already clinched their own divisions. The Dodgers won the first game, beating their old prospect Frankie Montas, and the A’s took the second, beating their old closer Blake Treinen. Former A’s farmhand Max Muncy homered in both games.

On Thursday, Mike Fiers will take the hill one last time in the regular season — and depending how the playoffs and then the offseason go, it could be his last appearance in green and gold, after three wonderful summers together. Fiers lately has been chewing through innings like he normally does, never dominating anyone but also rarely getting blown up. When he starts, the A’s almost always win the game.

Meanwhile, the Dodgers turn to youngster Walker Buehler, just 26 years of age in his third “full” MLB season. He was excellent the last two years but has struggled a bit with homers this summer, and this his first start back from an injured list stint for a blister on his finger.

The A’s lineup continues to shift around based on who the hot hands are, and last night it was Ramon Laureano, with an RBI single and then the game-winning two-run homer to break a tie in the 9th. That performance earned him a bump up two spots in the order, from eighth to sixth.

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. 2B Tommy La Stella (L)
  2. LF Robbie Grossman (S)
  3. SS Marcus Semien (R)
  4. 1B Matt Olson (L)
  5. DH Mark Canha (R)
  6. CF Ramon Laureano (R)
  7. 3B Jake Lamb (L)
  8. RF Stephen Piscotty (R)
  9. C Sean Murphy (R)
  • Mike Fiers, RHP

Laureano up, Lamb down after snapping his hitting streak last night. Olson back in there after a rest yesterday.

Dodgers lineup (home)

  1. RF Mookie Betts (R)
  2. SS Corey Seager (L)
  3. 3B Justin Turner (R)
  4. 1B Max Muncy (L)
  5. C Will Smith (R)
  6. CF Cody Bellinger (L)
  7. LF A.J. Pollock (R)
  8. DH Joc Pederson (L)
  9. 2B Chris Taylor (R)
  • Walker Buehler, RHP

Same as before, except Joc back in there against a righty starter.

Let’s Go Oakland!