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Game Thread #33: A's vs. Blue Jays

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Going for the series win!

Baltimore Orioles v Oakland Athletics Photo by Daniel Shirey/Getty Images

It took until the 32nd game of the season, but the Oakland A’s bullpen finally blew a save last night. It was bound to happen eventually, so now they can move on to the next day, with the chance to win their four-game series against the Toronto Blue Jays at the Coliseum.

On the mound for the A’s is Mike Fiers. The right-hander makes his second start of the year after opening on the injured list, and he was quality his first time out (6 ip, 3 runs) despite a team loss.

Meanwhile, Oakland’s lineup will have a tough task in Hyun-jin Ryu. The lefty placed third in AL Cy Young voting last year, and he’s off to another strong start this season including 26 strikeouts to just three walks. He went on the IL in late April due to a glute strain, but he’s returning today to pitch against the A’s. He’s faced the green-and-gold once in his career, back in 2018, tossing six sparkling shutout innings with eight strikeouts and just a hit and a walk.

A’s lineup (home)

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

Jed gets the half-day at DH after five straight in the field.

Blue Jays lineup (away)

  1. 2B Marcus Semien (R)
  2. SS Bo Bichette (R)
  3. 1B Vlad Guerrero Jr (R)
  4. RF Teoscar Hernandez (R)
  5. DH Randal Grichuk (R)
  6. 3B Cavan Biggio (L)
  7. LF Lourdes Gurriel Jr (R)
  8. CF Jonathan Davis (R)
  9. C Danny Jansen (R)
  • LHP Hyun-jin Ryu

Let’s Go Oakland!

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