Yusei Kikuchi

A's vs. Mariners lineups: Franklin Barreto back in lineup in Seattle

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A's vs. Mariners lineups: Franklin Barreto back in lineup in Seattle

The A's head into a three-game series against the Seattle Mariners before the All-Star break with some additional All-Star news of their own: Reliever Liam Hendriks has been added to the American League squad to fill in for Tampa Bay's Charlie Morton.

He will join A's third baseman Matt Chapman for the 90th Midsummer Classic on Tuesday, July 9. 

Brett Anderson will take the mound Friday night at T-Mobile Park in Seattle, with the rest of the lineup looking relatively the same, minus an absence of Jurickson Profar. He has been replaced by Franklin Barreto at second base, who will bat ninth.

Anderson is coming off a hot start against the Angels on June 29 when he threw 7 2/3 scoreless frames. He will face the M's for the third time this season. The last time he went against the team, he dazzled on the mound, pitching 6 1/3 innings of one-run ball. 

Seattle will have Yusei Kikuchi on the hill, who is not as successful in his last several outings. He's currently 1-4 with an 8.42 ERA in his last seven starts, with 19 strikeouts and 18 walks in 31 innings. 

Here are how the lineups look to shape up as the Mariners host the A's. First pitch is scheduled for 7:10 p.m. PT, with pregame coverage beginning at 6:30. You can follow the action on NBC Sports California or download and streaming on the MyTeams app

Oakland A's (48-40)

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

Brett Anderson, P (8-5, 3.92 ERA)

Seattle Mariners (38-53)

Malle Smith, CF
J.P. Crawford, SS
Domingo Santana, RF
Daniel Vogelbach, 1B
Tim Beckham, DH
Tom Murphy, C
Kyle Seager, 3B
Mac Williamson, LF
Dee Gordon, 2B

Yusei Kikuchi, P (4-5, 5.12 ERA)

MLB rumors: Japanese lefty Yusei Kikuchi, Mariners agree to deal

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MLB rumors: Japanese lefty Yusei Kikuchi, Mariners agree to deal

It appears Japanese left-handed pitcher Yusei Kikuchi is coming to the West Coast, but he won't be joining the Giants or A's.

According to multiple national reports, the 27-year-old agreed to a deal with an A's rival -- the Seattle Mariners -- late Monday night.

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Kikuchi has a deadline of Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2019 to sign a deal.

The Giants had expressed interest in Kikuchi, and scouted him extensively, according to president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi.

In eight seasons spent with the Seibu Lions of the Japan Pacific League and the Melbourne Aces of the Australian Baseball League, Kikuchi appeared in 163 games and posted a 2.81 ERA. He struck out 925 batters in 1,035.1 innings.

In case you're wondering what the Giants missed out on and what the A's will be facing, here's a scouting report provided to NBC Sports Bay Area by Sung Min Kim of The Athletic on Dec. 11, 2018.

"He's a lefty who throws 92-95 mph and has touched 98. His slider is a sure major league pitch, and he can get a lot of strikeouts. He also throws a change and curve."

The A's will likely face Kikuchi multiple times in 2019, so they'll see up close how he adjusts to big league hitters.

MLB free agency: Yusei Kikuchi could be Giants' perfect fit for rotation

MLB free agency: Yusei Kikuchi could be Giants' perfect fit for rotation

LAS VEGAS -- Late Tuesday night, Farhan Zaidi walked down a hallway at the Four Seasons Hotel and knocked on a door for his meeting with Scott Boras. Right away, Zaidi realized he had stopped at the wrong room.

"Rather than stand there and apologize, I made a run for it," Zaidi said, laughing. 

That sprint to Boras' actual meeting room, about 200 yards away, might go down as the most significant action for the Giants this week at the 2018 MLB Winter Meetings. They have been quiet, and their new president of baseball operations does not expect a substantial move before flying home Thursday, but he does feel he has put down the groundwork for the Giants to potentially make a couple of additions next week.

Boras might fit into that equation, although not in the way the Giants long planned. They continue to appear to have zero interest in Bryce Harper, and Zaidi's meeting was not one of the marathon sessions with Boras, Harper, his wife and others that have become the talk of the industry. Zaidi went alone, discussing business with a man who still has others the Giants could pursue. 

Chief among them, potentially, is Japanese left-hander Yusei Kikuchi, a 27-year-old who profiles as a solid mid-rotation option. Boras said Wednesday that Kikuchi will host interested teams later this month in Los Angeles. The Giants figure to be there. 

"He's been discussed," manager Bruce Bochy said. "So just like a lot of clubs, probably most clubs, there's a high level of interest because of the talent of this pitcher. We're in that mix, too, as far as how good we feel about him."

The Giants could hold a big advantage over others. According to a person familiar with Kikuchi's preferences, he views San Francisco as one of his top potential destinations. Kikuchi, like many Japanese players, would prefer to stay on the West Coast.

The Giants remain intent on adding pitchers of that caliber. A source told NBC Sports Bay Area that the team had some interest in right-hander Tanner Roark, who was traded from the Nationals to the Reds earlier Wednesday. According to The Athletic, the Giants also were in on right-hander Lance Lynn before he signed a lucrative three-year, $30 million deal with the Rangers.

The Giants, with so much money already committed, prefer not to go to that kind of level. But Zaidi still does hope to add to the rotation, and he believes he made progress in Las Vegas. 

"There are guys that have been traded or landed with other teams that we've had conversations about but weren't necessarily comfortable with the ask," Zaidi said. "That's where kind of the fluidity of the plan has to come into the place. For a team with a few needs, it's nice to be in what's a relatively deep free agent market."