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Game Thread #121: A’s at White Sox

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Oakland Athletics v Seattle Mariners - Game Two
The game still feels small and unimportant today after Bassitt’s injury
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The Oakland A’s game last night was overshadowed by a serious injury to pitcher Chris Bassitt. It’s still tough to focus on baseball, but the show must go on and there’s a new game Wednesday night.

The A’s called up a new pitcher to make the start tonight, which will push back the rest of the rotation by one extra day. Paul Blackburn arrives from Triple-A Las Vegas to make his first MLB appearance of the year, and this will mark the fifth straight season he’s pitched in the majors for Oakland.

After a solid 2017 rookie performance, Blackburn hasn’t found any success in the bigs the last few years. But this evening brings a fresh slate and a new chance, so let’s see what he can do against a tough Chicago White Sox lineup. Every inning he can provide will be helpful, since the bullpen put in a lot of work last night including three frames from long man Burch Smith.

A’s lineup (away)

  1. LF Mark Canha (R)
  2. CF Starling Marte (R)
  3. 1B Matt Olson (L)
  4. DH Jed Lowrie (S)
  5. 2B Josh Harrison (R)
  6. 3B Matt Chapman (R)
  7. C Yan Gomes (R)
  8. RF Seth Brown (L)
  9. SS Elvis Andrus (R)
  • RHP Paul Blackburn

Gomes starts against a tough righty.

White Sox lineup (home)

  1. SS Tim Anderson (R)
  2. 2B Cesar Hernandez (S)
  3. 1B Jose Abreu (R)
  4. DH Eloy Jimenez (R)
  5. 3B Yoan Moncada (S)
  6. RF Brian Goodwin (L)
  7. CF Luis Robert (R)
  8. LF Jake Lamb (L)
  9. C Seby Zavala (R)
  • RHP Lance Lynn

Let’s go Oakland!

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