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A's-Pirates lineups: Ramón Laureano back in center field following injury

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A's-Pirates lineups: Ramón Laureano back in center field following injury

The A's will finish a three-game series against the Pirates and finally head home from a nine-game road trip. 

Frankie Montas will get starting honors and has been dazzling for the Green and Gold on the mound this season boasting a 2.97 ERA with 30 Ks to his name. This will be his first career start against the Pirates.

Speaking of the Pirates -- Jordan Lyles will get the go-ahead on the mound for the Bucs. He's coming off of an inconsistent outing against the Rangers. He did, however, hold the team to just two runs.

Some unfortunate news came from the A's after it was reported Blake Treinen had some elbow discomfort:

But ... there's a but you guys. Slusser also reported on Sunday that Treinen is feeling better. "Anti-inflammatories seem to have done the trick."

Did I mention this was bad news? We will have more details on Monday. This season, the relievers' ERA ballooned to 3.00 which is out of characteristics. He boasted a 0.78 ERA last season and was part of the reason the team had a bullpen that was acknowledged across the league.

Ramón Laureano is back in the lineup after sitting out Saturday with a swollen foot. He could barely walk on it but appears to be ready to be back in game action.

Here are how the lineups shape up for A's-Pirates. You can follow the game on NBC Sports California or by downloading the MyTeams app.

Oakland A's (15-20)

Marcus Semien, SS
Ramón Laureano, CF
Matt Chapman, 3B
Khris Davis, LF
Kendrys Morales, 1B
Stephen Piscotty, RF
Jurickson Profar, 2B
Nick Hundley, C

Frankie Montas, P (4-2, 2.97 ERA)

Pittsburgh Pirates (15-15)

Adam Frazier, 2B
Starling Marte, CF
Gregory Polanco, RF
Josh Bell, 1B
Melky Cabrera, LF
Colin Moran, 3B
Elias Diaz, C
Cole Tucker, SS

Jordan Lyles, P (2-1, 2.42 ERA)
 

A's vs. Pirates lineup: Chris Bassitt hopes to continue hot streak

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A's vs. Pirates lineup: Chris Bassitt hopes to continue hot streak

A's catcher Josh Phegley made history Friday night by becoming the first catcher in franchise history with eight RBI in a game. That's a lot. His current total of 21 is the most by a catcher in Major League Baseball so far this season. 

"I've been telling guys I had a really good month today out here," Phegley told MLB Network after the A's dominated the Pirates 14-1

The Green and Gold hope their domination continues Saturday night, when they send Chris Bassitt against Pittsburgh's Trevor Williams in the second game of the three-game series at PNC Park. First pitch is scheduled for 4:05 p.m. PT. 

Bassitt is coming off a dazzling performance April 28 against the Blue Jays when he tossed seven innings, allowing one run and striking out nine. He boasts a 0.75 ERA heading into Saturday's matchup.

There's bad news for Oakland, though. The San Francisco Chronicle's Susan Slusser reported A's center fielder Ramón Laureano will be out against the Pirates because of an injury.

Robbie Grossman will take over center-field responsibilities in Laureano's place.

Here are the lineups for the A's and the Pirates.

Oakland A's (15-19)
Marcus Semien, SS
Robbie Grossman, CF
Matt Chapman, 3B
Khris Davis, DH
Kendrys Morales, 1B
Stephen Piscotty, RF
Jurickson Profar, 2B
Josh Phegley, C
Chris Bassitt (1-0, 0.75 ERA)

Pittsburgh Pirates (14-15)
Adam Frazier, 2B
Starling Marte, CF
Gregory Polanco, RF
Josh Bell, 1B
Bryan Reynolds, LF
Colin Moran, 3B
Francisco Cervelli, C
Cole Tucker, SS
Trevor Williams (1-1, 3.38 ERA)

Josh Phegley makes A's franchise history with eight RBI in one game

Josh Phegley makes A's franchise history with eight RBI in one game

Friday night was pretty phenomenal for Bay Area catchers -- and both of them made history.

The A's situation was more of a personal result from Josh Phegley. I'll tell you what happened with the Giants later.

Phegley became the first A's catcher in franchise history to have eight RBI in one game, in a 14-1 destruction of the Pirates.

Derek Norris had six RBI back on May 11, 2014, when the A's defeated the Nationals, 9-1.

MLB Network's Greg Amsinger reminded us how old we are by stating the A's have been around for 119 years and, again, over that time, no other catcher has done this while sporting an A's uniform.

"I've been telling guys I had a really good month today out here," Phelgey jokingly said. "I was lucky to come up with the bases loaded twice."

Luck was a part of it.

In his last 11 games, Phegley has 12 RBI -- eight of them from Friday alone. I know I keep repeating that, but it’s pretty cool.

He boasts a .288/.316/.548 line on the season with 21 RBI.

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As for San Francisco ...

The Giants, playing in Cincinnati, were led by Stephen Vogt, whose homer with two outs in the ninth put the team in position to win, with Evan Longoria finishing the job in the 11th. The team posted one of the largest comebacks in Giants history, from an 8-0 deficit to a 12-11 win.

Mad respect for the catchers, fam.