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Game Thread #55: A’s vs. Angels

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Chance to win the series, with no worse than a split

Seattle Mariners v Oakland Athletics Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images

The Oakland A’s and Los Angeles Angels have reached the finale of their four-game series at the Coliseum, and so far the green-and-gold captured two of the first three meetings. At worst the A’s will earn a split, and a win today would mean a series victory over their AL West division rival.

Oakland starts the game with Cole Irvin on the hill. The lefty got knocked around in his last two starts, against the Astros and Mariners, for a total of nine runs in just under 10 innings. He’ll look to rebound to his previous string of success, in which he was good six straight times from mid-April to mid-May.

The A’s lineup will get another crack at Jose Quintana. The southpaw faced Oakland in his last start, but didn’t make it out of the 6th inning and allowed three runs as the Halos went on to lose 8-4. He served up a homer to Mark Canha along the way.

On the injury front, CF Ramon Laureano is still out, and is day-to-day due to a minor groin injury. However, lefty pitcher Jesús Luzardo was activated from the injured list this morning and is available out of the bullpen.

A’s lineup (home)

  1. CF Mark Canha (R)
  2. 3B Matt Chapman (R)
  3. 2B Jed Lowrie (S)
  4. 1B Matt Olson (L)
  5. LF Chad Pinder (R)
  6. C Aramis Garcia (R)
  7. DH Mitch Moreland (L)
  8. RF Stephen Piscotty (R)
  9. SS Elvis Andrus (R)
  • LHP Cole Irvin

Chapman bats second against a lefty pitcher.

Angels lineup (away)

  1. LF Phil Gosselin (R)
  2. DH Shohei Ohtani (L)
  3. 3B Anthony Rendon (R)
  4. CF Juan Lagares (R)
  5. 1B Jared Walsh (L)
  6. C Kurt Suzuki (R)
  7. RF Taylor Ward (R)
  8. 2B Keon Wong (L)
  9. SS David Fletcher (R)
  • LHP Jose Quintana

Let’s Go Oakland!

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