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Game Thread #143: A’s vs. Rangers

Rubber match!

Chicago White Sox v Oakland Athletics Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images

The Oakland A’s and Texas Rangers split the first two games of their series at the Coliseum, and they’ll play the rubber match on Sunday afternoon.

The A’s rotation has mostly looked great on this homestand, with three different starters throwing seven-inning gems in the last four days, and today they call on James Kaprielian. The rookie is well past his professional career-high in innings, and he didn’t make it to the end of the 5th in either of his past two appearances, but last time out he still contributed by holding the White Sox to one run in four frames.

This is Kaprielian’s sixth start against the Rangers this year. In each previous meeting, he went five or six innings and allowed two or three runs, totaling a 3.81 ERA.

Oakland’s lineup is without third baseman Matt Chapman. He exited yesterday’s game after fouling a ball off his left foot/shin, though fortunately his X-rays were negative. He’ll be reevaluated on Monday, reports Matt Kawahara of the S.F. Chronicle.

A’s lineup (home)

  1. 3B Josh Harrison (R)
  2. CF Starling Marte (R)
  3. 1B Matt Olson (L)
  4. LF Mark Canha (R)
  5. C Yan Gomes (R)
  6. DH Khris Davis (R)
  7. RF Chad Pinder (R)
  8. 2B Tony Kemp (L)
  9. SS Elvis Andrus (R)
  • RHP James Kaprielian

Davis is starting again!

Rangers lineup (away)

  1. CF Leody Taveras (S)
  2. SS Isiah Kiner-Falefa (R)
  3. RF Adolis Garcia (R)
  4. 1B Nathaniel Lowe (L)
  5. C Jonah Heim (S)
  6. 2B Nick Solak (R)
  7. LF Jason Martin (L)
  8. DH Yohel Pozo (R)
  9. 3B Yonny Hernandez (S)
  • LHP Taylor Hearn

Let’s go Oakland!

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