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Game Thread #74: A’s at Rangers

Mess with Texas!

MLB: Oakland Athletics at Colorado Rockies Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

The Oakland A’s had a disappointing trip to the Bronx, dropping two of three to the New York Yankees and watching a winnable opportunity slip away in both defeats. But today is a new day, and they’ll shake it off as they head down south to face a new opponent, the Texas Rangers.

Amazingly, this is the first meeting between the A’s and Rangers this season. The AL West division rivals have 19 matchups per year, but they waited until late-June to get going this summer, almost halfway through the six-month campaign.

The A’s start with Frankie Montas on the bump, coming off two straight quality starts. Last time out he tossed seven innings against the Angels with just two runs allowed.

Oakland’s lineup features a couple prominent former Rangers. Elvis Andrus was a two-time All-Star who played for two World Series teams in Texas, and he signed a $120 million contract with the club, but after a dozen years there he was traded to the A’s last winter. Mitch Moreland also played seven seasons for the Rangers, including both World Series squads in 2010-11.

A’s lineup (away)

  1. LF Tony Kemp (L)
  2. RF Mark Canha (R)
  3. 1B Matt Olson (L)
  4. CF Ramon Laureano (R)
  5. DH Mitch Moreland (L)
  6. 2B Jed Lowrie (S)
  7. SS Elvis Andrus (R)
  8. C Sean Murphy (R)
  9. 3B Chad Pinder (R)
  • RHP Frankie Montas

Kemp bats leadoff!

Rangers lineup (home)

  1. SS Isiah Kiner-Falefa (R)
  2. 3B Brock Holt (L)
  3. CF Adolis Garcia (R)
  4. RF Joey Gallo (L)
  5. 1B Nate Lowe (L)
  6. 2B Andy Ibañez (R)
  7. DH Willie Calhoun (L)
  8. LF Eli White (R)
  9. C Jose Trevino (R)
  • RHP Kyle Gibson

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