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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)

Watch A's pitcher Jesus Luzardo get fans hyped for 2020 MLB season

Watch A's pitcher Jesus Luzardo get fans hyped for 2020 MLB season

As if A’s fans already weren’t excited for the 2020 MLB season.

Young pitcher Jesus Luzardo released a hype video Sunday that will have Oakland fans salivating.

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Luzardo has been one of the A’s top prospects for several years, and made his MLB debut on Sept. 11, 2019. The 22-year-old made six relief appearances for Oakland last season, finishing with a 1.50 ERA in 12 innings, striking out 16 batters.

Luzardo is expected to be in Oakland’s rotation whenever the 2020 season gets underway.

Why Rickey Henderson should be seen as one of Michael Jordans of MLB

Why Rickey Henderson should be seen as one of Michael Jordans of MLB

There will never be another Michael Jordan. But there could be those who hold a prominent role in the sport they play. The “Michael Jordan” of baseball, for instance. 

Bleacher Report composed a list of MLB’s G.O.A.T.s, and yes -- Los Angeles Angels superstar Mike Trout was mentioned. You can’t create a greatest of all time without mentioning him, but the A’s have an MJ of their own in Rickey Henderson.

Not only did the BR writeup mention the numbers that put the Man of Steal on the map (1,406 stolen bases, 2,295 runs, both MLB records), but it’s a great reminder of his “greatest of all-time speech.”

That iconic moment wasn’t initially supposed to happen in the way it played out. When he took the microphone after breaking St. Louis Cardinals star Lou Brock’s base-stealing record, Henderson went off-script

The original hand-written speech that was folded up on a piece of paper, and in Rickey's uniform didn’t happen, and it certainly didn’t possess the words saying he was the greatest -- even though the Hall of Famer was. He was caught up in the moment and said the epic words which solidified such a strong career.

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Henderson simply forgot about the original words.

Henderson also had a certain swag and attitude about him -- remind you of anyone else?