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Tanner Anderson will make his first career start Monday night as the A's open a three-game series in Tampa Bay against the Rays.

Anderson, 26, made six relief appearances last season for the Pittsburgh Pirates, going 1-0 with a 6.35 ERA. In 11 Triple-A games this year, including 10 starts, the right-hander went 4-4 with a 6.26 ERA.

Anderson won't face an easy task, as the Rays have won five of their last six games and are 40-24 overall, tied for first place in the AL East. Right-hander Charlie Morton will get the start for Tampa Bay, trying to extend a 20-game unbeaten streak. The 35-year-old is 7-0 with a 2.30 ERA in 13 starts this season.

For the A's, Beau Taylor will make his season debut behind the plate after getting called up from Triple-A Las Vegas on Saturday. Taylor will give Josh Phegley a day off and bat ninth in the lineup. The 29-year-old posted a slash line of .297/.450/.492 with five home runs and 20 RBI in 38 games with Las Vegas this year. He went 1-for-5 last season with the A's. 

Meanwhile, Robbie Grossman and Jurickson Profar return to the Oakland lineup after getting Sunday off. Grossman will bat sixth and Profar will hit eighth.

Here are the full lineups for the A's-Rays game, which will be broadcast on NBC Sports California and the MyTeams app. Coverage begins at 3:30 p.m. PT, with first pitch at 4:10.

 

Oakland A's (33-33)
Marcus Semien, SS
Matt Chapman, 3B
Matt Olson, 1B
Khris Davis, DH
Stephen Piscotty, RF
Robbie Grossman, LF
Ramón Laureano, CF
Jurickson Profar, 2B
Beau Taylor, C

Tanner Anderson, RHP (0-0, -.-- ERA)

Tampa Bay Rays (40-24)
Austin Meadows, RF
Tommy Pham, LF
Brandon Lowe, 2B
Avisaíl García, DH
Ji-Man Choi, 1B
Yandy Díaz, 3B
Kevin Kiermaier, CF
Mike Zunino, C
Daniel Robertson, SS

Charlie Morton, RHP (7-0, 2.30 ERA)