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Game Thread #117: A’s at Rangers

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Take a mulligan on yesterday’s loss

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The Oakland A’s and Texas Rangers open a weekend series today, and — what’s that? They played last night? And the A’s made a ton of errors and lost? I’d already forgotten about that, but I’ll take your word for it.

Let’s give them a mulligan on that whoopsie of a game, especially since it was preceded by seven straight thrilling victories. The A’s will try again in Arlington on Saturday, with James Kaprielian taking the mound against the Rangers for the fifth time this year. Three of those ended up being quality efforts and the fourth was close enough, and overall he’s allowed nine runs in 23 innings for a 3.52 ERA against Texas.

In Oakland’s lineup, shortstop Elvis Andrus is out on paternity leave, so they called up fellow infielder Vimael Machin to take his spot. The rookie is only 1-for-21 in limited MLB duty so far this year, but he’s still been a Hittin’ Machin in Triple-A so now he’ll get his next chance.

A’s lineup (away)

  1. LF Mark Canha (R)
  2. CF Starling Marte (R)
  3. 1B Matt Olson (L)
  4. 2B Jed Lowrie (S)
  5. C Sean Murphy (R)
  6. DH Mitch Moreland (L)
  7. 3B Matt Chapman (R)
  8. RF Seth Brown (L)
  9. SS Vimael Machin (L)
  • RHP James Kaprielian

Mitchy Mitchy Mitchyyyy!

Rangers lineup (home)

  1. SS Isiah Kiner-Falefa (R)
  2. 2B Yonny Hernandez (S)
  3. RF Adolis Garcia (R)
  4. 1B Nathaniel Lowe (L)
  5. CF DJ Peters (R)
  6. C Jonah Heim (S)
  7. LF Jason Martin (L)
  8. DH Yohel Pozo (R)
  9. 3B Brock Holt! (L)
  • RHP Jordan Lyles

Let’s go Oakland!

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