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GameThread Game #44: Athletics at Blue Jays

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The last time the Athletics were at the Rogers Center we swept them in four games, and Steve Pearce hit a walk off grand slam. So, the bar is high Blue Jays.

Also, the roof is open for tonight's series opener. Hooray!

I really wanted Joe Biagini to succeed as a starting pitcher, but I'm pretty ready for him to transition back to the bullpen. The team could really use a reliever who can be counted on in both high leverage situations and to pitch multiple innings. Biagini has had a few great starts, but he can't seem to do it consistently.

Here are the lineups. Hernandez is day to day with a sore back, so Curtis Granderson will start in right field. Dwight Smith Jr will get his first start since being recalled from AAA.

Today's Lineups

Marcus Semien - SS Curtis Granderson - RF
Matt Joyce - LF Josh Donaldson - 3B
Jed Lowrie - 2B Justin Smoak - 1B
Khris Davis - DH Yangervis Solarte - 2B
Matt Olson - 1B Kevin Pillar - CF
Matt Chapman - 3B Russell Martin - C
Stephen Piscotty - RF Kendrys Morales - DH
Dustin Fowler - CF Dwight Smith - LF
Jonathan Lucroy - C Richard Urena - SS
Andrew Triggs - RHP Aaron Sanchez - RHP


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