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Game Thread #81: A’s vs. Rangers

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Home sweet home!

Oakland Athletics v Texas Rangers Photo by Richard Rodriguez/Getty Images

The Oakland A’s have reached the halfway point of the 2021 season, as Tuesday marks their 81st game out of 162. It will come at home against the Texas Rangers, in a rematch of a four-game split between the two clubs last week in Arlington.

Oakland will look to finish the first half on a positive note, with James Kaprielian taking the hill in a rematch against Mike Foltynewicz. The two right-handers faced off last week in Texas, and both went six innings with two runs allowed. They each served up a solo homer, to Adolis Garcia of the Rangers and Sean Murphy of the A’s, respectively.

That quality effort continued an excellent rookie year for Kaprielian, who leads Oakland’s rotation with a 2.86 ERA entering the evening.

The A’s made some roster moves before the game, activating reliever J.B. Wendelken from the injured list after two months off, and calling up 1B/DH Frank Schwindel from Triple-A. Click here for more details on the transactions.

A’s lineup (home)

  1. LF Tony Kemp (L)
  2. 3B Matt Chapman (R)
  3. 1B Matt Olson (L)
  4. 2B Jed Lowrie (S)
  5. CF Ramon Laureano (R)
  6. DH Mitch Moreland (L)
  7. C Sean Murphy (R)
  8. SS Elvis Andrus (R)
  9. RF Seth Brown (L)
  • RHP James Kaprielian

Lineup continues to shuffle around every day.

Rangers lineup (away)

  1. SS Isiah Kiner-Falefa (R)
  2. 1B Nate Lowe (L)
  3. CF Adolis Garcia (R)
  4. RF Joey Gallo (L)
  5. 3B Brock Holt (L)
  6. LF Eli White (R)
  7. C Jonah Heim (S)
  8. 2B Nick Solak (R)
  9. DH Andy Ibañez (R)
  • RHP Mike Foltynewicz

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