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Giants vs. D-backs lineups: Brandon Crawford out for second straight game

Giants vs. D-backs lineups: Brandon Crawford out for second straight game

It was a long one on Thursday that ended in disappointment. The Giants fell to the Braves, 5-4, in 13 innings thanks to an Austin Riley homer -- he had his fifth long ball in nine games to set a modern-day franchise record.

That's cool.

But Friday is a new day and it's a new series for the Orange and Black as the team preps to take on the Arizona Diamondbacks in an NL West matchup.

For the Giants, Drew Pomeranz will have starting pitching honors. His last start on the bump was also against the D-backs. He gave up two runs in 4 and 2/3 innings in his first start since returning from the injured list.

He's currently 0-3 with a 7.76 ERA in nine career appearances against Arizona.

On the other side, Robbie Ray will get the ball for his second straight start against the Giants. He tossed 87 pitches in four innings Sunday at Chase Field allowing four walks, three hits and two runs on six strikeouts. 

The Giants will be starting without Brandon Crawford Friday -- it's his second straight missed game as he battles pink eye.

Here are how the lineups look for the Giants and D-backs. You can follow the action on NBC Sports Bay Area, or by downloading and streaming on the MyTeams app

Arizona Diamondbacks (25-25)

Ketel Marte, CF
Ildemaro Vargas, 2B
Eduardo Escobar, 3B
Adam Jones, RF
Christian Walker, 1B
Nick Ahmed, SS
Carson Kelly, C
Tim Locastro, LF

Robby Ray, P (3-1, 3.25 ERA)

San Francisco Giants (21-28)

Joe Panik, 2B
Donovan Solano, SS
Tyler Austin, 1B
Evan Longoria, 3B
Kevin Pillar, RF
Steven Duggar, CF
Mac Williamson, LF
Stephen Vogt, C

Drew Pomeranz, P (1-4, 5.66 ERA)

Giants vs. Diamondbacks lineups: Brandon Belt, Brandon Crawford sitting

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Giants vs. Diamondbacks lineups: Brandon Belt, Brandon Crawford sitting

The Giants' bats were muy caliente against the Arizona Diamondbacks in their 8-5 victory on Saturday.

On the mound, Madison Bumgarner continued his Chase Field dominance. He allowed four runs and five hits with six strikeouts in 6 1/3 innings in the NL West matchup and now boasts a 6-1 record with a 2.58 ERA in his last 12 starts at a location batters thrive in. 

On Sunday, it's Drew Pomeranz who receives starting honors on the bump for the Orange and Black. This is his first start since coming off the injured list after suffering a left lat strain at the beginning of May. His last outing didn't create the best of circumstances -- the lefty allowed seven runs in just 1 2/3 innings against the Reds, ballooning his ERA to 5.93.

The Giants will face D-backs left-hander Robbie Ray, who had a dazzling performance in his last outing against the San Diego Padres on Monday. He allowed just two runs over five frames and reached the 800th-career strikeout mark.

Brandon Belt is out of the lineup for the Giants with Donovan Solano starting at shortstop. Brandon Belt is also out of the lineup with Tyler Austin covering first base.

First pitch is scheduled for 1:10 p.m. PT on NBC Sports Bay Area and streaming on the MyTeams app.

Here are the lineups for both teams in the finale of a three-game series.

San Francisco Giants (19-25)

Joe Panik, 2B
Donovan Solano, SS
Tyler Austin, 1B
Evan Longoria, 3B
Kevin Pillar, RF
Stephen Vogt, C
Mac Williamson, LF
Steven Duggar, CF

Drew Pomeranz, (1-4, 5.93 ERA)

Arizona Diamondbacks (25-21)

Adam Jones, RF
Ketel Marte, CF
Eduardo Escobar, 3B
David Peralta, LF
Christian Walker, 1B
Wilmer Flores, 2B
Nick Ahmed, SS
John Ryan Murphy, C

Robbie Ray, P (3-1, 3.14 ERA)

A's 2019 roster projection: Oakland still has tough decisions to make

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A's 2019 roster projection: Oakland still has tough decisions to make

Piece by piece, the A's 2019 roster is slowly starting to come together. But with the Winter Meetings approaching, Oakland still has work to do.

The priority will be adding starting pitching, either through free agency or trade. The A's also need a starting catcher, whether it's last year's starter Jonathan Lucroy or someone new.

Another big question is, does Oakland re-sign All-Star second baseman Jed Lowrie? With 22-year-old Franklin Barreto waiting in the wings, the A's might elect to move on without Lowrie.

While it's admittedly a bit premature, we take our best crack at projecting Oakland's 25-man roster to start next season.

Lineup

Nick Martini - LF
Ramón Laureano - CF
Matt Chapman - 3B
Khris Davis - DH
Matt Olson - 1B
Stephen Piscotty - RF
Marcus Semien - SS
Franklin Barreto - 2B
Jonathan Lucroy - C

--- We believe the A's will end up re-signing Lucroy, but not Lowrie. Spotrac now lists Lowrie's market value at $16.6 million, a steep price to pay for a 34-year-old. If that's the case, Barreto will get his chance as the starting second baseman.

Bench

Josh Phegley - C
Dustin Fowler - OF
Chad Pinder - Util
Mark Canha - Util

--- Pinder can play just about any position and should see plenty of time in the lineup. Canha can play any outfield spot, as well as first base, and crushes left-handed pitching. Phegley and Fowler will also likely play more than last season.

Starting Rotation

Edwin Jackson - RHP
Clay Buchholz - RHP
Jesús Luzardo - LHP
Daniel Mengden - RHP
Frankie Montas - RHP

--- Here's where it gets interesting. The A's could go several different directions when it comes to adding starting pitchers, both through free agency and trade. We'll predict Oakland signs Jackson and Buchholz, while youngsters Luzardo, Mengden, and Montas round out the rotation.

--- The A's will also have depth options in Paul Blackburn and Chris Bassitt, and should get injured pitchers A.J. Puk and Jharel Cotton back midway through the season. Unfortunately, Sean Manaea and Daniel Gossett will likely miss the entire year.

--- Of course, Oakland could also choose to re-sign Trevor Cahill and Brett Anderson, or possibly acquire an established starter like Sonny Gray or Robbie Ray. We should have a better idea after the Winter Meetings.

Bullpen

Blake Treinen - RHP
Lou Trivino - RHP
J.B. Wendelken - RHP
Fernando Rodney - RHP
Ryan Buchter - LHP
Yusmeiro Petit - RHP
Liam Hendriks - RHP

--- With an already deep bullpen, we don't see the A's re-signing veteran right-hander Shawn Kelley. Oakland should also have right-handers Ryan Dull, Emilio Pagan, and Aaron Brooks on the 40-man roster.