ALDS Game 3: Facing elimination, A’s go with a familiar lineup against RHP José Urquidy

The Oakland A’s will need to win three consecutive games against the Houston Astros at home run-friendly Dodger Stadium to keep their season alive and send them to their first American League Championship Series since 2006.

The A’s have started a postseason series down 2-0 for the ninth time in franchise history. They’ve never erased the deficit.

But in their attempt Wednesday to avoid a sweep, they’ll have one of their most talented arms on the mound in rookie Jesús Luzardo.

With Houston sending right-hander José Urquidy to the mound, the A’s stacked their lineup similarly to how they’ve lined up against left-handers.

SS Marcus Semien

2B Tommy La Stella (L)

3B Chad Pinder

DH Khris Davis

1B Matt Olson 1B (L)

LF Mark Canha

RF Stephen Piscotty

CF Ramón Laureano

C Sean Murphy

LHP Jesús Luzardo

Designated hitter Khris Davis moved into the cleanup spot after hitting his third home run of the postseason in Tuesday’s 5-2 loss. Chad Pinder remains in the three hole after hitting a home run Tuesday, too.

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After an unsuccessful stint in the seven hole, Sean Murphy moved back to his home in the ninth spot, where he’s thrived this year.

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Luzardo started in the A’s wild-card series opener against the Chicago White Sox last week. The rookie went 3 1/3 innings and gave up three runs, including two home runs. He was saddled with the loss pitching against Lucas Giolito, who took a perfect game into the seventh inning.

Luzardo did well in two starts against the Astros this regular season, allowing four earned runs over 12 2/3 innings, including a seven-inning, seven-strikeout performance in a 3-2 win Sept. 9.

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Source:: The Mercury News – Sports


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