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Spring Game Thread #20: A’s at Angels

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Frankie Montas makes his second start

American League Division Series Game 1: Houston Astros v. Oakland Athletics Photo by Rob Leiter/MLB Photos via Getty Images

The Oakland A’s are back in Cactus League action on Saturday, and looking for some hits after a quiet loss yesterday.

Toward that goal, they have a lineup of mostly their MLB starters, plus a couple bubble roster candidates. Two big league outfielders are hurt right now, CF Ramon Laureano and RF Stephen Piscotty, but both are hopeful to return in a few days. In the meantime, the A’s have an outfield of Mark Canha, Chad Pinder, and Ka’ai Tom.

On the mound is Chris Bassitt, for his third start of the spring. The right-hander has been good both times so far. He’ll face the AL West division rival Los Angeles Angels, and their star-studded lineup that usually carries them as high as at least fourth place in the standings.

Remember the Halos now have Kurt Suzuki behind the plate. Infielder Franklin Barreto has a 1.059 OPS this spring but isn’t starting today (also 8 Ks in 22 PAs).

First pitch is 1:10 p.m. PT. You can listen to the radio broadcast for free online at A’s Cast.

A’s lineup (away)

  1. CF Mark Canha (R)
  2. SS Elvis Andrus (R)
  3. 1B Matt Olson (L)
  4. 3B Matt Chapman (R)
  5. DH Jed Lowrie (S)
  6. C Sean Murphy (R)
  7. LF Ka’ai Tom (L)
  8. RF Chad Pinder (R)
  9. 2B Vimael Machin (L)
  • RHP Chris Bassitt

A lineup full of 40-man roster members!

Cubs lineup (home)

  1. 2B David Fletcher (R)
  2. DH Jared Walsh (L)
  3. CF Mike Trout (R)
  4. 3B Anthony Rendon (R)
  5. LF Justin Upton (R)
  6. 1B Albert Pujols (R)
  7. SS Jose Iglesias (R)
  8. C Kurt Suzuki (R)
  9. RF Dexter Fowler (S)
  • RHP Jaime Barria

Let’s go Oakland!