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Game Thread #126: A’s vs. Mariners

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Paul Blackburn gets another start

Oakland Athletics v Chicago White Sox Photo by David Banks/Getty Images

It’s a new day. Last weekend was last weekend, and it doesn’t matter what happened then. The Oakland A’s have a game tonight against the Seattle Mariners. Focus on winning that.

The A’s have Paul Blackburn on the mound. The right-hander made a spot start last Wednesday against the White Sox, working into the 6th inning and limiting a tough lineup to three runs. That was his best MLB performance since 2018, and another solid effort against the Mariners this evening would be a big boost for the pitching staff after a tough couple weeks.

Blackburn was originally acquired by the A’s in a trade from the Mariners, after the 2016 season. This is the third time he’s pitched against his former organization, with one good game in 2017 and one bad game in 2020 (total: 10 innings, 8 runs).

In Oakland’s lineup, third baseman Matt Chapman was a late scratch from the lineup with a left foot contusion, reports Shayna Rubin of the Mercury News, but fortunately X-rays were negative.

A’s lineup (home)

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

Murphy replaces Chapman, with some positional adjustments to fit everybody in.

Mariners lineup (away)

  1. SS J.P Crawford (L)
  2. DH Mitch Haniger (R)
  3. 3B Kyle Seager (L)
  4. 1B Ty France (R)
  5. 2B Abraham Toro (S)
  6. LF Jake Fraley (L)
  7. CF Jarred Kelenic (L)
  8. C Cal Raleigh (S)
  9. RF Jake Bauers (L)
  • LHP Marco Gonzales

Let’s go Oakland!

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