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Game Thread #39: A’s at Red Sox

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Sweep?

Tampa Bay Rays v Oakland Athletics Photo by Daniel Shirey/Getty Images

The Oakland A’s went into Fenway Park and won the first two games against the Boston Red Sox, and in the process took over the American League lead in wins. Now they have a chance to complete a road sweep of a fellow division-leader.

They’ll be off to a good start with Sean Manaea on the mound. The lefty has been strong through seven starts this year, including a seven-inning shutout against the Twins and a 10-strikeout performance against the Rays last time out in which he worked into the 8th inning. He has a 3.07 ERA and 2.85 FIP and a history of no-hitting the Red Sox.

Boston calls on Garrett Richards. The former Angels ace made a comeback with the Padres the last couple seasons, and so far this year he’s been around league-average in seven outings. The right-hander faced the A’s once last summer with San Diego, and he won a seven-inning quality start in which he allowed a homer to catcher Sean Murphy.

A’s lineup (away)

  1. LF Mark Canha (R)
  2. DH Mitch Moreland (L)
  3. CF Ramon Laureano (R)
  4. 1B Matt Olson (L)
  5. 2B Jed Lowrie (S)
  6. 3B Matt Chapman (R)
  7. RF Seth Brown (L)
  8. C Sean Murphy (R)
  9. SS Elvis Andrus (R)
  • LHP Sean Manaea

Moreland moves up, and Brownie starts against the righty.

Red Sox lineup (home)

  1. 2B Michael Chavis (R)
  2. CF Alex Verdugo (L)
  3. LF J.D. Martinez (R)
  4. DH Xander Bogaerts (R)
  5. 3B Rafael Devers (L)
  6. C Christian Vasquez (R)
  7. RF Hunter Renfroe (R)
  8. 1B Bobby Dalbec (R)
  9. SS Jonathan Arauz (R)
  • RHP Garrett Richards

Let’s Go Oakland!

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