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Why Rangers manager Chris Woodward likes A's chances in MLB playoffs

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Why Rangers manager Chris Woodward likes A's chances in MLB playoffs

OAKLAND -- Count Texas Rangers manager Chris Woodward among those who believe in the Oakland A's this postseason.

Woodward had plenty of compliments for the Green and Gold ahead of Sunday's series finale, as reported by MLB.com's Martín Gallegos.

It certainly makes sense that Woodward is impressed by the A's. After all, Oakland has won 13 of 18 games against the Rangers this season, including the last seven. Through two games this weekend, the A's have outscored Texas 20-3.

Oakland is also playing its best baseball of the season at the right time. The A's have won 10 of their last 11 games and 15 of their last 18.

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Still, Oakland's path to a potential World Series will be treacherous. If they can get past the wild-card round, the A's will likely have to beat the Astros, Yankees, and Dodgers in succession.

But it's nice to know that Chris Woodward has faith.
 

A's vs. Rangers lineups: Tanner Roark looks for first win over Texas

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A's vs. Rangers lineups: Tanner Roark looks for first win over Texas

Although today is the final regular-season home game for the A’s, it likely won’t be the last time fans will get a chance to see Oakland play at the Coliseum.

With six games to go, the A’s are two games ahead of Tampa Bay for the top spot in the Wild Card standings and would be in line to host the game if the season ended today.

Tanner Roark gets the start for Oakland. The right-hander never has beaten the Rangers despite maintaining an impressive 2.25 ERA in three starts vs. Texas.

Opposite Roark will be Lance Lynn, who has been dominant in 2019. Lynn is third among AL pitchers with 6.7 wins above replacement.

Coverage begins at 12:30 PT with A’s Pregame Live, available on NBC Sports California and streaming in the MyTeams App.

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Here are the lineups for A’s-Rangers:

Texas Rangers (74-81)
DH Shin-Soo Choo
3B Danny Santana
LF Willie Calhoun
RF Nomar Mazara
2B Rougned Odor 
SS Elvis Andrus
1B Ronald Guzman
CF Delino DeShields
C Jose Trevino

RHP Lance Lynn (14-11, 3.77 ERA)
 
Oakland A's (94-61)
SS Marcus Semien
3B Matt Chapman
1B Matt Olson
CF Mark Canha 
LF Seth Brown 
DH Khris Davis
2B Jurickson Profar
C Sean Murphy
RF Robbie Grossman

RHP Tanner Roark (10-8, 4.12 ERA)

A's vs. Rangers lineups: Josh Phegley back at catcher for Sean Manaea

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A's vs. Rangers lineups: Josh Phegley back at catcher for Sean Manaea

OAKLAND -- The A's will try to run their winning streak to four games when they host the Texas Rangers on Saturday night in the second game of a three-game series.

Oakland won Friday's opener 8-0 behind eight shutout innings from Mike Fiers to make it six consecutive victories over Texas. Now they'll turn to left-hander Sean Manaea.

Manaea, 27, has been terrific in three starts since returning from a shoulder injury. He has allowed just one run in 18 innings, going 2-0 with a 0.50 ERA. In 10 career starts against the Rangers, Manaea is 5-2 with a 3.15 ERA.

Texas will counter with left-hander Brock Burke. The 23-year-old rookie is 0-1 with a 5.19 ERA in five starts this year. The A's knocked Burke around for six earned runs in three innings last Friday in Texas, including three home runs.

Khris Davis blasted two of those homers for Oakland. He will serve as the designated hitter and bat sixth. Josh Phegley will get the start at catcher and hit ninth.

Here are the full lineups for the A's-Rangers game, which will be broadcast on NBC Sports California and the MyTeams app. Coverage begins at 5:00 p.m. PT, with first pitch at 6:07.

Texas Rangers (74-80)
RF Shin-Soo Choo
SS Elvis Andrus
DH Willie Calhoun
3B Nick Solak
1B Danny Santana 
2B Rougned Odor
CF Delino DeShields
LF Scott Heineman
C Isiah Kiner-Falefa

LHP Brock Burke (0-1, 5.19 ERA)

Oakland A's (93-61)
SS Marcus Semien
3B Matt Chapman
1B Matt Olson
CF Mark Canha 
RF Ramón Laureano 
DH Khris Davis
LF Chad Pinder
2B Sheldon Neuse
C Josh Phegley

LHP Sean Manaea (2-0, 0.50 ERA)