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Game Thread #48: A’s at Angels

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Going for the road sweep!

Houston Astros v Oakland Athletics
Outfielder Luis Barrera makes his first MLB start
Photo by Michael Zagaris/Oakland Athletics/Getty Images

The Oakland A’s won the first two games of their road series against the Los Angeles Angels on Friday and Saturday, and now they’ll go for the weekend sweep on Sunday.

The A’s have completed three sweeps so far this season, over the Diamondbacks (2 games), Tigers (4 games), and Twins (3 games), all during their 13-game win streak in mid-April.

On the mound for Oakland is Sean Manaea, whose last two starts include a disaster at Fenway Park and then a quality effort at home against the Astros. Each time his velocity topped out around 92 mph, which is down a couple miles from the increased zip he showed in April.

In the A’s lineup, outfielder Luis Barrera makes his first MLB start, in left. He ranks No. 8 on our Community Prospect List, and made his MLB debut on Wednesday as a defensive replacement. He’s appeared in three games and gotten two plate appearances, but is still searching for his first hit.

A’s lineup (away)

  1. 2B Tony Kemp (L)
  2. CF Ramon Laureano (R)
  3. DH Jed Lowrie (S)
  4. 1B Matt Olson (L)
  5. 3B Matt Chapman (R)
  6. RF Seth Brown (L)
  7. SS Chad Pinder (R)
  8. C Sean Murphy (R)
  9. LF Luis Barrera (L)
  • LHP Sean Manaea

Canha gets a day off, so Kemp leads off with his .386 OBP.

Angels lineup (home)

  1. LF Justin Upton (R)
  2. DH Phil Gosselin (R)
  3. 3B Anthony Rendon (R)
  4. CF Juan Lagares (R)
  5. SS Jose Iglesias (R)
  6. 1B Jared Walsh (L)
  7. RF Taylor Ward (R)
  8. C Drew Butera (R)
  9. 2B David Fletcher (R)
  • RHP Dylan Bundy

Let’s Go Oakland!

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