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A's vs. Tigers lineups: Mark Canha, Chad Pinder inserted into outfield

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A's vs. Tigers lineups: Mark Canha, Chad Pinder inserted into outfield

Mark Canha and Chad Pinder have both shown A's manager Bob Melvin they deserve more playing time. Clearly, the skipper is paying attention. 

Both players are starting in the A's outfield when the A's face the Tigers in Detroit on Friday. Canha came off the bench and went deep in Thursday's 17-3 win to add a sweet cherry on top of a blowout win. 

The big fly was Canha's fourth of the season. Despite batting .208, he now has an .840 OPS this year.

Pinder, who plays all over the field, is batting .270 with three home runs. 

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The A's will hand the ball to starting pitcher Frankie Montas, who has served as the team's ace this year. Montas, 26, is 4-2 with a 2.78 ERA over eight starts. 

Here are the full lineups for Thursday's A's-Tigers 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 (20-25)
Marcus Semien, SS
Matt Chapman, 3B
Stephen Piscotty, RF 
Khris Davis, DH
Matt Olson, 1B
Chad Pinder, LF
Jurickson Profar, 2B
Mark Canha, CF 
Josh Phegley, C

Frankie Montas, RHP (4-2, 2.78 ERA)

Detroit Tigers (18-24)
Niko Goodrum, 1B
Christian Stewart, LF
Nicholas Castellanos, RF
Miguel Cabrera, DH
Ronny Rodriguez, SS
Josh Harrison, 2B
Dawel Lugo, 3B
John Hicks, C
JaCoby Jones, CF

Daniel Norris, LHP (2-1, 3.63 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?