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Game Thread #119: A’s at White Sox

Real test against an AL contender

MLB: AUG 11 Athletics at Indians Photo by Frank Jansky/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

The bad news is the Oakland A’s missed an opportunity over the weekend, losing two of three games to the last-place Texas Rangers. But the good news the A’s are still a smokin’ hot 9-3 in August! Granted, most of that action has come against weaker competition like Texas and Cleveland, but now they’ll finally get a real test against a contender this week in the Chicago White Sox.

On the mound for Oakland will be Frankie Montas, who has reeled off six straight quality starts. During that span he’s sporting a 2.39 ERA with more than 12 Ks per nine innings and nearly six strikeouts per walk. Montas was formerly a White Sox prospect for two years, as Chicago acquired him from Boston in 2013 and then traded him to the Dodgers in 2015, but this is the right-hander’s first career MLB appearance against his old organization.

While the A’s had a disappointing weekend, Chicago had a tough last week overall, losing two of three to the Twins and two of three to the Yankees.

A’s lineup (away)

  1. LF Mark Canha (R)
  2. CF Starling Marte (R)
  3. 1B Matt Olson (L)
  4. C Yan Gomes (R)
  5. DH Jed Lowrie (S)
  6. 3B Matt Chapman (R)
  7. 2B Josh Harrison (R)
  8. RF Stephen Piscotty (R)
  9. SS Vimael Machin (L)
  • RHP Frankie Montas

Harrison back in the lineup!

White Sox lineup (home)

  1. SS Tim Anderson (R)
  2. 2B Cesar Hernandez (S)
  3. 1B Jose Abreu (R)
  4. LF Eloy Jimenez (R)
  5. 3B Yoan Moncada (S)
  6. DH Andrew Vaughn (R)
  7. CF Luis Robert (R)
  8. RF Brian Goodwin (L)
  9. C Seby Zavala (R)
  • LHP Dallas Keuchel

Let’s go Oakland!

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