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A's vs. Mariners lineups: Jurickson Profar returns, batting second

A's vs. Mariners lineups: Jurickson Profar returns, batting second

The A's take aim at a series split in Seattle Tuesday night following a heartbreaking 6-5 loss in 10 innings on Monday.

Oakland blew leads of 4-1 and 5-4 to fall to 5-14 on the road and 19-24 overall. Khris Davis hit two home runs in the loss, while Mark Canha, Matt Olson, and Ramón Laureano also went deep.

Jurickson Profar and Robbie Grossman return to the lineup, batting second and eighth respectively. Olson moves up to the five spot after hitting seventh on Monday.

Left-hander Brett Anderson takes the hill for Oakland, looking for his fifth win of the season. Seattle counters with right-hander Mike Leake, who is 2-4 on the year.

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The A's have had some success against Leake in the past. Matt Chapman is 6-for-16 with two home runs and three doubles in his career against Leake. Davis, Stephen Piscotty, and Nick Hundley have also homered against the 31-year-old.

Here are the full lineups for the A's-Mariners game, which will be broadcast on NBC Sports California and the MyTeams app. Coverage begins at 6:30 p.m. PT, with first pitch at 7:10. 

Oakland A's (19-24)
Marcus Semien, SS
Jurickson Profar, 2B 
Matt Chapman, 3B
Khris Davis, DH
Matt Olson, 1B 
Stephen Piscotty, RF
Ramón Laureano, CF 
Robbie Grossman, LF
Josh Phegley, C

Brett Anderson, LHP (4-2, 4.19 ERA)

Seattle Mariners (21-23)
Mitch Haniger, CF
Domingo Santana, LF
Edwin Encarnación, 1B
Daniel Vogelbach, DH
Ryon Healy, 3B
Jay Bruce, RF
Tim Beckham, 2B
Tom Murphy, C
J.P. Crawford, SS

Mike Leake, RHP (2-4, 4.37 ERA)

A's prospect Sheldon Neuse honored for huge week at plate in Triple-A

A's prospect Sheldon Neuse honored for huge week at plate in Triple-A

A's prospect Sheldon Neuse is making a whole lot of noise with the Triple-A Las Vegas Aviators. 

The infielder was named to MLB.com's Prospect Team of the Week on Monday after hitting .500 with two home runs over a six-game span.

Neuse had his nine-game hitting streak come to an end Sunday when he went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts. Prior to that, the 24-year-old was on fire at the plate. 

Neuse, the A's No. 9 prospect, hit .623 with three homers over his nine-game hitting streak. 

Though Neuse has the talent to join a long list of A's prospect who could make their major-league debut this season, it will be hard to find a spot for him on the big-league roster. Neuse's primary position is third base, and that's clearly locked up with star-in-the-making Matt Chapman.

He does have experience at a few other spots, however. 

While Neuse has played 64 games at the hot corner this season, he's also played two games at second base and four innings in left field, the first time he's put on an outfielder's glove in his minor league career. There has to be a place for his bat, though. 

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Neuse has hit at every level so far as a minor leaguer. He's batting .318 with a .928 OPS and 11 home runs this season. Since being picked by the Nationals in the second round of the 2016 MLB Draft, Neuse owns a .290 batting average with a .787 OPS and 33 career homers. 

Neuse is not yet on the A's 40-man roster. For now, he'll have to keep doing what he's doing in Las Vegas -- hit, and then hit some more.

Bob Melvin isn't sweating A's-Rays series split, anxious for road trip

Bob Melvin isn't sweating A's-Rays series split, anxious for road trip

The Rays were the team to beat -- and not just for the A's who split the series against the team in Oakland after an 8-2 loss on Sunday.

Brett Anderson received starting honors, but his stuff wasn't what it has been recently and skipper Bob Melvin even said during his postgame press conference that it was the first time all season he believed Anderson didn't have his best showing.

"It's frustrating from my end we could've taken a series from a team ahead of us, but I don't really dwell on it too much," Anderson told the media scrum following his outing. 

The A's put up a heck of a fight, earning the split against a Tampa team that is off to a hot start, but they're eager to get back out on the road and create better numbers away from the Coliseum.

"You always want to play above .500 at home -- we did that and you know, it could have been a lot better," Melvin told the media. "You go out on the road -- couple tough games in St. Louis and then we got four more in our division so the guys are looking forward to getting out and trying to climb up on .500 more so than we are right now."

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Following the Cardinals' series, the team has a four-game stint against the Angels in Anaheim.