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Game Thread #147: A’s at Angels (YouTube only)

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Starting a series in Anaheim

Oakland Athletics v Toronto Blue Jays Photo by Mark Blinch/Getty Images

The Oakland A’s need a fairytale comeback story to reach the 2021 postseason, so they’re heading to Disneyland. They’ll open a series in Anaheim against the Los Angeles Angels on Friday night.

*** TV broadcast on YouTube only tonight ***

Oakland has dominated the Angels this summer, going 12-4 so far with three meetings left this weekend. However, the Halos will have the chance to play spoiler, as the A’s need every win they can get right now — they stand three games back of the Second Wild Card with only 16 to play.

On the mound for the green-and-gold is Cole Irvin. The lefty went through a brief slump for three starts but looked good his last time out, tossing seven innings of two-run ball against the Rangers. He’s faced the Angels four times this year, posting a strong 3.24 ERA in 25 innings, including two quality starts in his most recent matchups in July.

Pitching for the Halos is lefty Jhonathan Diaz, making his MLB debut. The 25-year-old spent most of the year in Double-A, plus three games in Triple-A.

Meanwhile, third baseman Matt Chapman is back in the A’s lineup! He missed four games after fouling a ball off his left foot last weekend. Click here for more injury updates.

A’s lineup (away)

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

Andrus gets a day off.

Angels lineup (home)

  1. CF Brandon Marsh (L)
  2. 2B David Fletcher (R)
  3. DH Shohei Ohtani (L)
  4. LF Phil Gosselin (R)
  5. 1B Jared Walsh (L)
  6. C Kurt Suzuki (R)
  7. SS Luis Rengifo (S)
  8. 3B Jack Mayfield (R)
  9. RF Juan Lagares (R)
  • LHP Jhonathan Diaz

Let’s go Oakland!

How To Watch

  • Date: Friday, September 17
  • Time: 6:38 p.m. PT
  • TV: Watch on YouTube (click here)
  • TV (traditional): None (only available on YouTube tonight)
  • Radio: 960 AM (more listings here)