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White Sox vs. A's lineups: Chris Herrmann, Franklin Barreto get starts

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White Sox vs. A's lineups: Chris Herrmann, Franklin Barreto get starts

It's the second installment of a three-game series as the A's host the Chicago White Sox at RingCentral Coliseum on Saturday. (You forgot it was named that too, didn't you?)

After Friday night's 5-1 win over the Sox, the A's sit rather pretty at 10 games above the .500 mark and have now won 15 of their last 20 games, and are a half-game behind the Cleveland Indians in the Wild Card standings.

Chris Bassitt will take the mound against Dylan Covey in game two of the series. 

Bassitt is coming off a rough start against the Mariners on July 6 when he gave up six runs and seven hits over 4 1/3 frames. It'll be a small reunion for the 30-year-old who was drafted by the White Sox in 2011.

Covey comes back to the hill after being sidelined since June 5 with soreness in his throwing shoulder. 

A's catcher Chris Herrmann will get the start behind the plate giving Josh Phegley a day off. And Jurickson Profar sits with Franklin Barreto getting starting responsibilities at second base. 

Here are how the lineups look to shape up. You can follow the action here.

Chicago White Sox (42-45)

Leury Garcia, SS
Yoan Moncada, 3B
Jose Abreu, DH
AJ Reed, 1B
Eloy Jimenez, LF
Jon Jay, RF
Yolmer Sanchez, 2B
Ryan Cordell, CF
Zack Collins, C

Dylan Covey, P (1-4, 4.58 ERA)

Oakland A's (51-41)

Marcus Semien, SS
Matt Chapman, 3B
Matt Olson, 1B
Khris Davis, DH
Mark Canha, RF
Robbie Grossman, LF
Ramón Laureano, CF
Chris Herrmann, C
Franklin Barreto, 2B

Chris Bassitt, P (5-4, 4.29 ERA)

A's Sean Manaea making strong case to start potential wild-card game

A's Sean Manaea making strong case to start potential wild-card game

Sean Manaea missed more than a year with an injury to his pitching shoulder. Somehow, he hasn't missed a beat.

The A's left-hander tossed six shutout innings Sunday, allowing just three hits and a walk with six strikeouts as Oakland beat Texas 6-1 for its sixth straight win.

"Every time out, it's borderline dominance," A's manager Bob Melvin told reporters. "As the game went along, he got better and better. Absolutely fantastic. He definitely set the tone."

In three starts since returning from the injured list earlier this month, Manaea has surrendered just one run and six hits in 18 innings, with 21 strikeouts. That translates to an ERA of 0.50.

"It's been fun to play behind Sean every start," A's third baseman Matt Chapman told reporters. "He's worked quick. It seems like not a lot of guys have been getting on base. He's thrown a lot of strikes and he seems super confident. It just goes to show how hard he worked to come back."

The A's have received strong production from their entire starting rotation for most of the season, but Manaea is starting to separate himself from the pack. If the 27-year-old continues to dominate his opposition at this level, he would seem to be the clear frontrunner to start a potential Wild Card Game.

"It's almost like we've got a fresh guy now too," Melvin said. "He's pitching like he's fresh. ... Unfortunately, he had to go through what he had to go through to get to this pace, but it's a fresh, live arm right now. Every time he goes out there, the team just feels better about themselves."

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With 12 games remaining in the regular season, the A's sit at 90-60, the same exact record as last season through 150 games. Oakland leads Tampa Bay by 1 1/2 games for the first wild-card position and Cleveland by three games for the second spot.

The A's open their final homestand of the season on Monday against the Kansas City Royals.

Powerful A's offense sets franchise record with 244th homer of season

Powerful A's offense sets franchise record with 244th homer of season

Move over, Bash Brothers. There's a new king of the long ball in Oakland.

The 2019 Oakland A's set a franchise record with their 244th home run of the season on Sunday in a 6-1 win over the Texas Rangers.

Marcus Semien launched his 30th home run of the season in the third inning to match the record at 243. Then in the ninth, Matt Chapman blasted his 34th homer to set the new mark.

"I think it means a lot for our whole team, in general, to be able to take that record with an organization that's had a Mark McGwire and a Jose Canseco and guys like that," Chapman told reporters. "It just shows that we have a lot of good players on our team. I was the lucky one who got to break the record but I don't think I'd be here without Oly (Matt Olson) and Marcus (Semien) and a lot of those guys. It was definitely a team effort."

Semien's home run gives the A's three players with at least 30 long balls for the first time since 2001, when Jason Giambi, Eric Chavez, and Miguel Tejada accomplished the feat.

"30 home runs for Marcus Semien -- I don't even know what to say about that," A's manager Bob Melvin told reporters. "Leading off and what he does defensively, the numbers that he's putting up, his leadership."

Added Chapman: "Amazing. It just goes to show that hard work pays off and he just continually got better. He was able to make adjustments every year. He'd go home in the offseason and figure out what he wants to work on -- his weaknesses -- and he would go and get better and turn them into his strengths." 

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Incredibly, the A's still have 12 games left to add to their new record. Chapman and Matt Olson currently lead the squad with 34 round-trippers and have a shot at reaching 40. Mark Canha, Ramon Laureano, Khris Davis, and Jurickson Profar give the A's an Oakland-record seven players with 20 or more home runs.