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Updated: 2017-07-20T07:55:39-07:00

 



Elephant Rumblings: Yankees Soured On Doolittle

2017-07-20T07:55:39-07:00

It’s been a slow news morning. Acquisitions and Rumors: A’s sign Chris Carter to minor-league contract The Pirates are 10-2 over their last 12. Might they be a landing spot for Jed Lowrie? Regarding Sonny Gray, an anonymous NL GM expects Oakland to “have a hard time getting what they want, expect or had in their head a year and a half ago. I think the world has changed a lot in that year and a half." A note on why the Yankees may have lost interest in Sean Doolittle. And one more... #Astros working hard to add pitching, both in rotation and bullpen, sources say; Sonny Gray remains among their targets. @MLB— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) July 20, 2017 Yeesh. By the looks of it, the Tigers just got Shelby Miller’d. Anyway, let’s talk A’s. For game #2 against the Rays, we have rookie old guy Chris Smith taking the mound for his second Major League start. A couple weeks ago, in front of his screaming family, Smith threw a solid game, yielding 3 runs in 6 innings en route to an A’s victory. While Chris Smith probably just represents depth in the big picture, it’s always fun to see a guy perform well in his long-awaited break, and I hope he can keep up the momentum and positivity today. He and his family seem awesome. On the mound for the Rays is lefty Blake Snell. Winless so far this season, Snell started doing slightly better as the All Star Break approached and is surely hoping to continue that momentum. Maybe the A’s can summon the wherewithal to muster more than a couple hits tonight. Lineup notes: OMG YONDER ALONSO IS NOT IN THE LINEUP. DON YOUR TRADING PONCHOS Rajai Davis is playing his first game of the season in right field Today's Lineups TAMPA BAY RAYS OAKLAND A'S Corey Dickerson - DH Rajai Davis - RF Steven Souza - RF Marcus Semien - SS Evan Longoria - 3B Ryon Healy - 1B Logan Morrison - 1B Khris Davis - LF Wilson Ramos - C Jed Lowrie - DH Brad Miller - 2B Matt Chapman - 3B Adeiny Hechavarria - SS Adam Rosales - 2B Shane Peterson - LF Josh Phegley - C Peter Bourjos - CF Jaycob Brugman - CF Blake Snell - LHP Chris Smith - RHP Game time is 7:05 PT. Go A’s! [...]