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Bob Melvin isn't sweating A's-Rays series split, anxious for road trip

Bob Melvin isn't sweating A's-Rays series split, anxious for road trip

The Rays were the team to beat -- and not just for the A's who split the series against the team in Oakland after an 8-2 loss on Sunday.

Brett Anderson received starting honors, but his stuff wasn't what it has been recently and skipper Bob Melvin even said during his postgame press conference that it was the first time all season he believed Anderson didn't have his best showing.

"It's frustrating from my end we could've taken a series from a team ahead of us, but I don't really dwell on it too much," Anderson told the media scrum following his outing. 

The A's put up a heck of a fight, earning the split against a Tampa team that is off to a hot start, but they're eager to get back out on the road and create better numbers away from the Coliseum.

"You always want to play above .500 at home -- we did that and you know, it could have been a lot better," Melvin told the media. "You go out on the road -- couple tough games in St. Louis and then we got four more in our division so the guys are looking forward to getting out and trying to climb up on .500 more so than we are right now."

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Following the Cardinals' series, the team has a four-game stint against the Angels in Anaheim.

Rays vs. A's lineups: Mark Canha, Chad Pinder cover outfield corners in finale

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Rays vs. A's lineups: Mark Canha, Chad Pinder cover outfield corners in finale

Bob Melvin pondered giving third baseman Matt Chapman the day off on Saturday, only to turn around and say he was ever so thankful he didn't do that.

Chapman hit a go-ahead double in the latter half of the seventh inning to break a 2-2 tie against the Rays. The A's went on to win, 4-2.

The A's look to take the series away from Tampa on Sunday afternoon. Chapman will once again be in this lineup which was an easy decision for the skipper knowing the Green and Gold get a day off Monday. Stephen Piscotty, however, will sit this one out with Chad Pinder and Mark Canha taking over corner outfield responsibilities. 

The A's will face opener Ryne Stanek and headliner (I made that up) Ryan Yarbrough will be his replacement. 

The Rays will face Brett Anderson who didn't receive a decision in a 6-2 win over the Rays on June 12.

Here are how the lineups look to shape up on Sunday. You can follow the action on NBC Sports California or by downloading and streaming on the MyTeams app

Oakland A's (41-37)

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

Brett Anderson, P (7-4, 3.69 ERA)

Tampa Bay Rays (44-33)

Travis d'Arnaud, 1B
Tommy Pham, DH
Austin Meadows, LF
Avisail Garcia, RF
Michael Brosseau, 3B
Willy Adames, SS
Joey Wendle, 2B
Guillermo Heredia, CF
Mike Zunino, C

Ryne Stanek, P (0-1, 2.53 ERA)

A's vs. Rays lineups: Beau Taylor starts behind plate for Brett Anderson

A's vs. Rays lineups: Beau Taylor starts behind plate for Brett Anderson

The A's are coming off a win in Tampa Bay after a 4-3 victory over the Rays on Wednesday, thanks to a strong outing from Mike Fiers and back-to-back bombs by Matt Olson and Khris Davis.

The team hopes to continue that winning vibe during the series finale before the team heads home to Oakland and begin a 10-game homestand.

Brett Anderson will get starting honors for the A's and is boasting a 3.98 ERA this season and has given up three earned runs or fewer in each of his past four starts. Beau Taylor will start behind the plate for Anderson.

Yonny Chirinos will start for the Rays and is 4-2 with a 2.27 ERA across 43 2/3 frames. The Rays are 5-2 in his seven starts.

Here are how the lineups shape up for the mid-day showdown. You can follow the action on MLB Network.

Oakland Athletics (34-34)

Marcus Semien, SS
Matt Chapman, 3B
Matt Olson, 1B
Khris Davis, DH
Stephen Piscotty, RF
Robbie Grossman, LF
Ramón Laureano, CF
Jurickson Profar, 2B
Beau Taylor, C

Brett Anderson, P (6-4, 3.98 ERA)

Tampa Bay Rays (41-25)

Yandy Diaz, 1B
Tommy Pham, LF
Austin Meadows, DH
Avisail Garcia, RF
Travis d'Arnaud, C
Willy Adames, SS
Daniel Robertson, 2B
Guillermo Heredia, CF
Christian Arroyo, 3B

Yonny Chirinos, P (7-2, 2.87 ERA)