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A's vs. White Sox lineups: Nick Martini starts at DH; Khris Davis sits

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A's vs. White Sox lineups: Nick Martini starts at DH; Khris Davis sits

The A's lost a close one Saturday night after pulling within one on White Sox third baseman Ryan Goins’ two-run error in the top of the ninth inning but leaving the bases loaded on Khris Davis’ game-ending strikeout.

The 3-2 loss was the A's first against the South Siders all season, leaving the series in Chicago tied at one game apiece entering Sunday’s rubber match.

Lucas Giolito will have starting pitching honors for the White Sox as he seeks his second consecutive victory for the first time in a while. His last outing ended in a quality start against the Detroit Tigers, which also snapped a winless stretch across five starts.

July hasn't been friendly to Giolito. In five games, he's given up 28 hits and five long balls, and batters have a .255 average off him.

On the other side, Chris Bassitt will start on the bump against the team that drafted him in the 16th round eight years ago. He pitched in six games for the White Sox before being traded to the A's in December 2014 as part of the Jeff Samardzija deal.

Bassitt has been rather consistent this season, with certain outings that have you thinking the A's certainly won the trade (they also acquired Marcus Semien and Josh Phegley). In 2019, Bassitt boasts a 3.80 ERA with 101 strikeouts across 106.2 innings.

The A's will have a Davis-less lineup, with Chicago native Nick Martini receiving designated hitting honors. He’ll be in the second spot. 

Another fun note from A's communications: Mark Canha has hit safely in each of his last 11 games against the White Sox, going 18-for-39. 

Here are how the lineups look as the A's finish up the road trip. You can follow the action, starting at 11:05 a.m. ET, on NBC Sports California or by downloading and streaming on the MyTeams app.

Oakland A's (66-51)
Marcus Semien, SS
Nick Martini, DH
Matt Chapman, 3B
Matt Olson, 1B
Mark Canha, CF
Robbie Grossman, LF
Chad Pinder, RF
Jurickson Profar, 2B
Chris Herrmann, C

Chris Bassitt, P (7-5, 3.80 ERA)

Chicago White Sox (52-63)
Leury Garcia, CF
Jon Jay, RF
Jose Abreu, DH
James McCann, C
Tim Anderson, SS
Matt Skole, 1B
Eloy Jimenez, LF
Ryan Goins, 3B
Yolmer Sanchez, 2B

Lucas Giolito, P (12-5, 3.44 ERA)

A's vs. Giants lineups: Madison Bumgarner starts in Bay Bridge Series

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A's vs. Giants lineups: Madison Bumgarner starts in Bay Bridge Series

OAKLAND -- The A's and Giants renew their annual Bay Bridge Series on Saturday night as the two rivals square off at the Oakland Coliseum for the first game of a two-game series.

Oakland and San Francisco split two games last week at Oracle Park, with Madison Bumgarner and Homer Bailey each coming away with a victory.

Bumgarner takes the hill again for the Giants on Saturday. The 30-year-old left-hander is 8-8 this season with a 3.72 ERA and 1.11 WHIP in 27 starts. Bumgarner limited the A's to one run on two hits in seven innings last Tuesday night. In eight career starts against Oakland, he is 5-2 with a 4.32 ERA.

The A's will counter with right-hander Chris Bassitt. The 30-year-old is 9-5 with a 3.61 ERA and 1.20 WHIP in 21 starts this year. Bassitt has only faced the Giants once in his career, allowing two runs in six innings back in 2015.

Former A's catcher Stephen Vogt returns to Oakland as a member of the Giants. He will bat second and serve as San Francisco's designated hitter.

Oakland's lineup features just one left-handed hitter, first baseman Matt Olson, as they try to beat Bumgarner. The A's are 22-10 against southpaws this season.

Here are the full lineups for the A's-Giants game, which will be broadcast on NBC Sports California (A's), NBC Bay Area (Giants) and the MyTeams app. Coverage begins at 5:30 p.m. PT, with first pitch at 6:07.

San Francisco Giants (63-65)
Mike Yastrzemski, RF
Stephen Vogt, DH
Buster Posey, C
Alex Dickerson, LF
Evan Longoria, 3B
Brandon Belt, 1B
Kevin Pillar, CF
Scooter Gennett, 2B
Brandon Crawford, SS

Madison Bumgarner, LHP (8-8, 3.72 ERA)

Oakland A's (74-53)
Marcus Semien, SS
Matt Chapman, 3B
Matt Olson, 1B
Mark Canha, CF
Stephen Piscotty, RF
Chad Pinder, LF
Khris Davis, DH
Jurickson Profar, 2B
Josh Phegley, C

Chris Bassitt, RHP (9-5, 3.61 ERA)
 

CC Sabathia represents hometown of Vallejo on 'Players' Weekend' cleats

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CC Sabathia represents hometown of Vallejo on 'Players' Weekend' cleats

Few have represented the city of Vallejo and the 707 area code better than Yankees pitcher C.C. Sabathia.

In addition to consistently giving back to the community that raised the All-Star pitcher, Sabathia represented his hometown proudly on his cleats during MLB’s “Players' Weekend” festivities.

Sabathia is a graduate of Vallejo High School, and has some of the material from his letterman jacket on the cleats.

Despite growing up as an A’s fan, Sabathia recently revealed he was hoping the Giants would select him when he entered the 1998 MLB Draft.

[RELATED: A's Matt Chapman pays tribute to a former teammate on MLB Players' Weekend]

The 39-year-old may not be as big of a fan of the A’s at the moment, as they just swept Sabathia’s Yankees in a three-game series at the Coliseum.