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Game Thread #62: A’s vs. D’Backs

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More interleague!

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The Oakland A’s saw some interleague action last weekend, taking two of three from the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field. Now they’re back home for some more, hosting the Arizona Diamondbacks for a quick two-game set.

The A’s and D’Backs already met this year, back in April. Oakland won both games in the desert, but neither victory was comfortable, by margins of 9-5 and 7-5.

The first of those previous meeting was started by Chris Bassitt, and he’ll be on the mound again tonight for the A’s. The right-hander only made it through five innings in that April appearance but held Arizona to two runs, and since then he has an excellent 3.12 ERA in his subsequent nine starts, with 69 strikeouts and nine walks.

This is the first time Oakland will see D’Backs starter Jon Duplantier, making just the sixth start of his MLB career. He’s only pitched two games this year, and has been knocked around for nine earned runs in 8⅔ innings.

A’s lineup (home)

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

Moreland takes a turn batting cleanup.

D’Backs lineup (away)

  1. SS Josh Rojas (L)
  2. CF Ketel Marte (S)
  3. 3B Eduardo Escobar (S)
  4. 1B Christian Walker (R)
  5. LF Pavin Smith (L)
  6. DH David Peralta (L)
  7. RF Josh Reddick (L)
  8. C Stephen Vogt (L)
  9. 2B Ildemaro Vargas (S)
  • RHP Jon Duplantier

Let’s Go Oakland!

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