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A's walk off Angels, win first series vs AL West since April

A's walk off Angels, win first series vs AL West since April

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OAKLAND -- Jonathan Lucroy hit an RBI single off the center-field wall in the 11th inning and the Oakland Athletics capped their comeback Sunday with a 6-5 win over the Los Angeles Angels.

The A's rallied for two runs in the ninth to tie it at 5, then took advantage of control problems by a pair of Angels relievers to win.

Jed Lowrie led off the 11th with a single and Jake Jewell (0-1) hit Khris Davis with a pitch. After Matt Olson flied, Eduardo Paredes replaced Jewell and walked Mark Canha to load the bases.

Angels manager Mike Scioscia brought left fielder Justin Upton in for a five-man infield but it didn't matter. Lucroy hit a deep drive to win it.

Canha hit an early two-run homer, and added a tying single with two outs in the ninth. Marcus Semien homered to begin the Oakland ninth.

Albert Pujols hit his 625th career home run, Chris Young also went deep and Mike Trout reached base five times for the Angels.

It was another blown save for Scioscia's bullpen, the 15th by the Angels this season.

Blake Parker gave up two runs in the ninth. He also had a blown save Wednesday in Seattle. Canha's tying single came off Cam Bedrosian.

Pujols' drive off Daniel Mengden was his fourth this month and 11th overall this season. It also moved the Angels' 38-year-old slugger within five home runs of tying Ken Griffey Jr. for sixth place all time.

Pujols also had an RBI single in the third.

Trout had homered in four of his previous six games. He had singles in the fifth and ninth, walked twice and was hit by a pitch.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Athletics: 3B Matt Chapman (right thumb contusion) added throwing to his regimen, one day before his scheduled visit with a hand specialist in Los Angeles. Chapman's biggest hurdle remains swinging a bat. . LHP Brett Anderson (strained left shoulder) is headed for Arizona to pitch in extended spring training.

UP NEXT

Angels: RHP Jaime Barria (5-2, 2.61 ERA) faces the Arizona Diamondbacks in the opener of a two-game series Monday in Anaheim. Barria's ERA is the lowest among all rookies with at least 40 innings pitched this season.

Athletics: RHP Paul Blackburn (1-1, 11.05 ERA) starts against the San Diego Padres on Tuesday to begin Oakland's 10-game road trip.

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.