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Game Thread #135: A’s at Blue Jays

Opening a series in Toronto

New York Yankees v Oakland Athletics Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images

The Oakland A’s won their series in Detroit, and now the road trip continues with a stop across the border to face the Toronto Blue Jays.

At 70-62, the Blue Jays trail Oakland by three games in the standings, with both clubs chasing a Wild Card spot.

Toronto’s offense ranks seventh in MLB in runs-per-game, and Sean Manaea will take the mound to face them. The Jays are putting out a lineup of all right-handed batters against the lefty pitcher, including several All-Star hitters. Manaea struggled in August, making five starts and completing just 20 innings, with 22 runs allowed including eight homers, and he has a tough matchup today.

The Blue Jays are sending out Alek Manoah, so this a pitching slate of Manaea vs. Manoah. The rookie Manoah is making his 15th career MLB start, and so far he’s had great results. He was a 1st-round draft pick in 2019.

For the third day in a row since being called up, Khris Davis is not in the A’s starting lineup.

A’s lineup (away)

  1. 2B Josh Harrison (R)
  2. CF Starling Marte (R)
  3. 1B Matt Olson (L)
  4. DH Jed Lowrie (S)
  5. 3B Matt Chapman (R)
  6. RF Mark Canha (R)
  7. LF Tony Kemp (L)
  8. C Yan Gomes (R)
  9. SS Elvis Andrus (R)
  • LHP Sean Manaea

Gomes catches for the second game in a row.

Blue Jays lineup (home)

  1. DH George Springer (R)
  2. 2B Marcus Semien (R)
  3. 1B Vlad Guerrero Jr (R)
  4. SS Bo Bichette (R)
  5. RF Teoscar Hernandez (R)
  6. C Alejandro Kirk (R)
  7. LF Lourdes Gurriel Jr (R)
  8. CF Randal Grichuk (R)
  9. 3B Kevin Smith (R)
  • RHP Alek Manoah

Let’s go Oakland!

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