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Game Thread #75: A’s at Rangers

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Let’s snap that losing streak!

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The Oakland A’s and Texas Rangers open a series in Arlington on Tuesday, and ... wait, what’s that? They played last night, and the last-place Rangers crushed the now-second-place A’s? I have no memory of this.

OK, so this is the second game of the series. The A’s will take a mulligan and try again behind Cole Irvin, as the lefty looks to bounce-back from his own shaky results last time out against the Angels.

Last night Oakland allowed five runs in the 1st inning, so, not doing that again would be the first key to this matchup. Perhaps some dingers against Rangers starter Taylor Hearn would also be in order, as the southpaw has allowed eight already in 35 innings this year, and this is his first start of the season after previously working out of the bullpen. He’ll face eight right-handed batters in the A’s lineup, and the one lefty won’t exactly be a respite.

A’s lineup (away)

  1. LF Mark Canha (R)
  2. 3B Matt Chapman (R)
  3. 1B Matt Olson (L)
  4. DH Ramon Laureano (R)
  5. RF Chad Pinder (R)
  6. 2B Jed Lowrie (S)
  7. C Sean Murphy (R)
  8. SS Elvis Andrus (R)
  9. CF Skye Bolt (S)
  • LHP Cole Irvin

Bolt gets a start!

Rangers lineup (home)

  1. SS Isiah Kiner-Falefa (R)
  2. RF Eli White (R)
  3. CF Adolis Garcia (R)
  4. DH Joey Gallo (L)
  5. 1B Andy Ibañez (R)
  6. 2B Nick Solak (R)
  7. LF Willie Calhoun (L)
  8. C Jose Trevino (R)
  9. 3B Charlie Culberson (L)
  • LHP Taylor Hearn

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