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A's vs. Yankees live stream: Watch 2018 AL Wild Card Game online

A's vs. Yankees live stream: Watch 2018 AL Wild Card Game online

It seems silly to think of the A’s -- winners of 97 games during the regular season -- as underdogs. But here we are, in the American League Wild Card Game at Yankee Stadium, and the visitors from Oakland will face long odds in many fans’ minds Wednesday night.

Compounding that belief is the fact the A’s will start right-handed reliever Liam Hendriks, then turn the game over to its bullpen. It’s an odd strategy in a winner-take-all game, where most baseball teams ride their ace. But Oakland has no ace to speak of -- injuries have beset its rotation -- so this will have to do.

It’s not as if Hendriks is a slouch -- far from it, actually. He has thrown 11 2/3 consecutive scoreless innings and recorded a 1.38 ERA in 13 innings during September, and the A’s are confident that magic -- not to mention their tight-knit lineup -- will win the day.

The A’s also can find some comfort in their history against Luis Severino, the ace the Yankees will trot out to the mound. Severino went 19-8 with a 3.39 ERA and 220 strikeouts in 32 starts this season, but he struggled against Oakland’s bats, allowing 11 hits and six earned runs in 8 2/3 innings over two starts.

It will be an interesting matchup fraught with storylines, so here’s how to watch A’s-Yankees live on TV and online, along with information about NBC Sports Bay Area/California pregame and postgame coverage.

When: 5:08 p.m. PT/8:08 p.m. ET on Wednesday, Oct. 3
TV: TBS
Live Stream: fuboTV -- Try a free trial

Watch A’s playoff coverage Wednesday on NBC Sports Bay Area/California
4:30 p.m.:
A’s Pre-Game Show on NBC Sports California
8 p.m.: A’s Post-Game Show on NBC Sports California
10 p.m.: The Happy Hour on NBC Sports Bay Area

Khris Davis contract extension 'an ongoing conversation' with A's

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Khris Davis contract extension 'an ongoing conversation' with A's

LAS VEGAS -- While the A's focus at the 2018 MLB Winter Meetings understandably is on free agents, they haven't forgotten about their most valuable player.

Khris Davis is set to become a free agent after next season, and A's general manager David Forst said Monday that the team still is discussing a contract extension.

"It continues to be an ongoing conversation," he said. "Khris is going to be here in 2019 no matter what, so the sense of urgency right now is making sure we build the rest of the roster. But Khris is a huge priority for us, and that conversation is always ongoing."

Davis earned a team-high $10.5 million last season, and he's expected to receive a major raise in arbitration. MLB Trade Rumors projects the number to be $18.1 million.

While completing next year's roster is the focus right now, Forst has made it clear to Davis that he is a top priority.

"His representatives know," Forst said. "Not that much time has passed since the last time I talked to Khris' representatives. So it is constantly ongoing."

Davis, 30, has recorded 40 or more home runs and 100 or more RBI in each of his last three seasons, joining Hall of Famer Jimmie Foxx as the only two players in A's history to accomplish the feat. Since 2016, Davis leads all of baseball with 133 homers.

"I envision myself winning a championship in Oakland," Davis told NBC Sports California last season. "We've got a great group of guys I like to be around and just grow with them on a daily basis. I like where I'm at right now."

MLB rumors: Jonathan Lucroy, A's far apart in contract negotiations

MLB rumors: Jonathan Lucroy, A's far apart in contract negotiations

LAS VEGAS -- A's general manager David Forst said the team definitely will add another catcher this offseason, but it's looking like it might not be 2018 starter Jonathan Lucroy.

Lucroy and the A's are far apart on potential salary figures, The San Francisco Chronicle's Susan Slusser reported Monday, citing sources. According to Slusser, the 32-year-old would accept a one-year deal for the right price, but the A's are offering under $5 million, and he wants more than that.

Lucroy earned $6.5 million from the A's last season, but Spotrac lists his current market value at just $2.3 million because of his subpar offensive numbers. He slashed .241/.291/.325 with four home runs and 51 RBI in 126 games.

Of course, Lucroy's value goes far beyond his offensive production. Last season, he helped Oakland's pitching staff navigate through numerous injuries, and he provided stellar defense behind the plate. Lucroy led the majors in runners caught stealing, though he also allowed the most stolen bases.

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Lucroy has shown he is willing to be patient in free agency. He didn't sign with the A's until March last offseason. But this year's catcher market is much deeper, and he could struggle to get his desired salary from anyone.

Some of the other free-agent options at catcher include Wilson Ramos, Yasmani Grandal, Martin Maldonado, James McCann, Matt Wieters and Nick Hundley. The A's also could pursue a catcher via trade.

Currently, Josh Phegley is the only catcher on Oakland's 40-man roster, though the A's have Sean Murphy and Beau Taylor under contract in the minors.