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Game Thread #29: A's vs. Orioles

Avoid the sweep!

MLB: Game Two-Minnesota Twins at Oakland Athletics Neville E. Guard-USA TODAY Sports

The Oakland A’s have hit a bump in the road against the Baltimore Orioles, but they have another chance Sunday to get back on track and avoid being swept at home.

The A’s will send Sean Manaea to the mound. The lefty has been the club’s hottest starter so far, with a 2.83 ERA and 3.23 FIP, and he’s allowed just four runs total over his last four outings. For the season, the average velocity on his sinker is up one full mph from last year.

Baltimore counters with Bruce Zimmermann, who has never faced the green-and-gold before. The southpaw debuted last summer, and through five starts this year he has a 5.33 ERA and 5.70 FIP.

Oakland gets 1B Matt Olson back in their lineup, after missing three games to a swollen eye incurred in a weird batting cage accident. He’s got a mean shiner!

When the Orioles found themselves in this position last weekend at Camden Yards, facing a sweep at the hands of the visiting A’s, they came through and won the finale. Can Oakland do the same today?

A’s lineup (home)

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

Murphy moves up to third in the order after some recent fireworks.

Orioles lineup (away)

  1. CF Cedric Mullins (L)
  2. LF Austin Hays (R)
  3. 1B Trey Mancini (R)
  4. 3B Maikel Franco (R)
  5. C Pedro Severino (R)
  6. DH Ryan Mountcastle (R)
  7. SS Freddy Galvis (S)
  8. RF DJ Stewart (L)
  9. 2B Ramon Urias (R)
  • LHP Bruce Zimmermann

Let’s Go Oakland!

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