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A's lineup: Melvin sticking with what worked in opening win

A's lineup: Melvin sticking with what worked in opening win

Programming note: A's-Angels coverage starts tonight at 6:30pm with A's Pregame Live and streaming with the NBC Sports App.

A night after the A's hit three home runs and beat the Angels, Bob Melvin is using the same lineup against Matt Shoemaker and the Angels.

Los Angeles Angels:
1. Yunel Escobar (R) 3B
2. Kole Calhoun (L) RF
3. Mike Trout (R) CF
4. Albert Pujols (R) DH
5. Jefry Marte (R) 1B
6. Cameron Maybin (R) LF
7. Andrelton Simmons (R) SS
8. Danny Espinosa (S) 2B
9. Martin Maldonado (R) C
Matt Shoemaker -- RHP

Oakland A's:
1. Rajai Davis (R) CF
2. Matt Joyce (L) RF
3. Ryon Healy (R) DH
4. Khris Davis (R) LF
5. Stephen Vogt (L) C
6. Jed Lowrie (S) 2B
7. Trevor Plouffe (R) 3B
8. Yonder Alonso (L) 1B
9. Marcus Semien (R) SS
Sean Manaea -- LHP

 

Watch Ramon Laureano rob home run, start incredibly strange double play

Watch Ramon Laureano rob home run, start incredibly strange double play

We're used to Ramon Laureano doing incredible things with his arm.

But on Sunday, the A's center fielder made one of the most incredible catches to rob Blue Jays outfielder Teoscar Hernandez of a two-run homer.

But that wasn't the end of the play. Laureano fired the ball back towards first base in an attempt to double off Justin Smoak. The throw sailed over past first base and almost went into the dugout, so Smoak tried to advance to second base.

But catcher Nick Hundley backed up the play, fielded the ball and threw to second base to get Smoak.

It was such an incredible play that A's broadcaster Dallas Braden lost his mind as the play was unfolding.

Keep doing incredible things, Ramon. We're enjoying this.

A's vs. Blue Jays lineups: Oakland tries to avoid laying egg on Easter

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A's vs. Blue Jays lineups: Oakland tries to avoid laying egg on Easter

The A's have only won one of four home games since returning from their nine-game road trip, and they'll try to avoid a sweep at the hands of the Toronto Blue Jays on Sunday.

Oakland might have the right man taking the mound in left-hander Brett Anderson (3-0, 2.62 ERA) to get the team back on the winning track, as he's arguably been the A's top starter in the early portion of the season.

The Blue Jays, meanwhile, will counter with right-hander Aaron Sanchez (2-1, 2.86), who is coming off a start in which he gave up four earned runs and two home runs in six innings.

This will be the first-ever Easter meeting between Oakland and Toronto. The A's have a 13-17 record on Easter since moving to Oakland in 1968, including a 10-12 record at the Coliseum.

Here are the full lineups for Sunday's A's-Blue Jays game:

Oakland Athletics (11-12)
LF Robbie Grossman
SS Marcus Semien
3B Matt Chapman
DH Khris Davis
1B Kendrys Morales
RF Stephen Piscotty
2B Jurickson Profar
CF Ramon Laureano
C Nick Hundley

Brett Anderson, LHP (3-0, 2.62 ERA)

[RELATED: Piscotty calls out fan who ran on field, interrupted game]

Toronto Blue Jays (10-12)
2B Alen Hanson
SS Freddy Galvis
CF Randal Grichuk
1B Justin Smoak
LF Teoscar Hernandez
3B Brandon Drury
DH Rowdy Tellez
C Danny Jansen
RF Billy McKinney

Aaron Sanchez, RHP (2-1, 2.86 ERA)