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Yankees vs. A's lineups: Oakland looks to continue dominance of lefties

Yankees vs. A's lineups: Oakland looks to continue dominance of lefties

OAKLAND -- The A's look to continue their success against left-handed pitching when they face Yankees southpaw J.A. Happ on Wednesday night at the Coliseum.

The Green and Gold are 21-10 against left-handed starters this season with an .820 OPS, currently the best mark in Oakland history. A's manager Bob Melvin has loaded up his lineup with right-handed bats, with only Matt Olson swinging from the left side.

Chad Pinder, Jurickson Profar and Josh Phegley all return to the lineup to give Oakland three more righties. Pinder will bat fifth, with Profar and Phegley hitting eight and ninth, respectively.

Happ has struggled this season for New York, going 10-7 with a 5.40 ERA and 1.37 WHIP in 24 starts. The 36-year-old has enjoyed success against Oakland, however, going 4-1 with a 3.47 ERA in 11 career outings, including nine starts.

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The A's will counter with ace right-hander Mike Fiers. The 34-year-old is 11-3 with a 3.46 ERA and 1.11 WHIP in 26 starts this year, winning his last nine decisions. In six career starts against the Yankees, Fiers is 2-1 with a 5.06 ERA.

Here are the full lineups for the A's-Yankees game, which will be broadcast on NBC Sports California and the MyTeams app. Coverage begins at 6:30 p.m. PT, with first pitch at 7:07.

New York Yankees (83-44)

DJ LeMahieu, 1B
Aaron Judge, RF
Gary Sánchez, C
Gio Urshela, 3B
Didi Gregorius, SS
Gleyber Torres, 2B
Mike Tauchman, CF
Cameron Maybin, LF
Mike Ford, DH

J.A. Happ, LHP (10-7, 5.40 ERA)

Oakland A's (72-53)

Marcus Semien, SS
Matt Chapman, 3B
Matt Olson, 1B
Mark Canha, CF
Chad Pinder, LF
Stephen Piscotty, RF
Khris Davis, DH
Jurickson Profar, 2B
Josh Phegley, C

Mike Fiers, RHP (11-3, 3.46 ERA)

Why A's Lou Trivino feels bad for minor league players during MLB halt

Why A's Lou Trivino feels bad for minor league players during MLB halt

Editor's Note: NBC Sports California spoke with Lou Trivino on Friday, May 22, four days before the A's announced they would stop paying $400 weekly stipends to their minor league players for the remainder of the season, and other teams released players.

For reasons of sanity and economy, the return of Major League Baseball this summer is the primary focus of the league and the players' association.

But A’s reliever Lou Trivino also realizes the entire minor league ecosystem would suffer in a multitude of ways, potentially going dormant.

At this point, there are no imminent plans for 242 farm teams and its players across the continent.

“You feel bad for those guys,” Trivino said. “Especially the ones that need the development, that need the reps.”

Most big league players have the advantages of time and accessibility to personal training facilities. They can stay conditioned during shutdowns, without much setback.

But it’s not the same for everyone.

“Some of these minor league guys, they’ve been stuck inside all day and not maybe able to do stuff,” Trivino said. “That really hinders their ability to perform on the field next year.”

Another lesser-discussed aspect to keep an eye on is MLB’s annual amateur draft, which has been reduced from 40 rounds to five rounds.

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“You’re not going to see the 11th round guy like myself maybe make it,” Trivino said. “You’re not going to see the late-round guys potentially get that chance and that’s heartbreaking. I’m that guy.”

Trivino started his minor league career in 2013, appearing in 170 games as a starter and reliever at every level, until getting his first chance at the major leagues with Oakland in 2019.

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Roy Steele, A's 'Voice of God' and legendary PA announcer, dies at Auburn home

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Roy Steele, A's 'Voice of God' and legendary PA announcer, dies at Auburn home

One does not easily earn the "Voice of God" moniker, but when it came to Roy Steele, nothing else would do. 

The long-time public address announcer for the A's passed away Thursday at his home in Auburn, leaving behind a tremendous legacy as one of the most recognizable voices in the history of the game. The A's released a team statement acknowledging his vast contributions to the history of the franchise.

"As the PA voice of the A’s for nearly four decades, his booming baritone filled the Coliseum from the Mustache Gang to Billy Ball, the Bash Brothers and Moneyball," the statement said. "Beloved by all, he touched the lives of generations of A’s fans. We send our heartfelt condolences to his family and loved ones."

Steele began his tenure as the A's PA announcer starting in 1968 and remained in the position through 2005, though he did make occasional appearances during the 2007-08 season. He covered over 3,000 A's games, including six World Series and an All-Star Game. Throughout his 38 years at the helm, he only missed five days of work.

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His death comes during a sad week for the Oakland franchise. On Sunday, Chester Farrow, who operated the scoreboard at the Coliseum for over 50 years, passed away at the age of 77.

Whenever MLB resumes, one would imagine both longtime employees will be honored.