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Game Thread #65: A’s vs. Royals

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Taking a mulligan on last night’s loss

MLB: Oakland Athletics at Colorado Rockies Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

The Oakland A’s took a bummer of a loss on Thursday in their series opener against the Kansas City Royals at the Coliseum, jumping to an early 1-0 lead but falling 6-1. They’ll look to put that behind them on Friday, with another crack at the Royals.

The A’s have Cole Irvin on the hill tonight. The lefty threw six quality innings at Coors Field in his last start, and has generally been good against everybody except the AL West division. This is the first time he’ll face the Royals, and his third AL Central opponent, after strong outings against the Tigers and Twins.

Oakland gets their first look at right-hander Brady Singer, who was a 1st-round draft pick in 2018. He debuted last season but never got to pitch against any West teams, and so far this summer he has a shaky ERA but a great 3.46 FIP based on plenty of strikeouts, a mediocre walk rate, and a low homer rate.

A’s lineup (home)

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

Murphy gets a day off behind the plate.

Royals lineup (away)

  1. 2B Whit Merrifield (R)
  2. 1B Carlos Santana (S)
  3. C Salvador Perez (R)
  4. LF Andrew Benintendi (L)
  5. DH Jorge Soler (R)
  6. RF Hunter Dozier (R)
  7. 3B Kelvin Gutierrez (R)
  8. CF Michael A. Taylor (R)
  9. SS Hansel Alberto (R)
  • RHP Brady Singer

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