A's lineup: Norris behind the dish

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A's lineup: Norris behind the dish

OAKLAND -- The Oakland Athletics are down 0-2 and facing elimination in the American League Division Series. They have never come back from an 2-0 deficit to win a playoff series. None of that really matters though. The A's can't worry about winning three games on Tuesday, first they have to win just one. Here's A's manager Bob Melvin's lineup card for Game Three.
Oakland Athletics (0-2) lineupCoco Crisp, CF
Stephen Drew, SS
Yoenis Cespedes, LF
Brandon Moss, 1B
Josh Reddick, RF
Josh Donaldson, 3B
Seth Smith, DH
Derek Norris, C
Cliff Pennington, 2B
PRATT: ALDS Game 3: Key Matchups Instant AnalysisIt's essentially the same lineup as the previous nights with the exception being the catcher's position. Derek Norris and George Kottaras have been alternating games in the eight spot. The key to the lineup could be Seth Smith. He is hitting .462 in his career against Detroit's starting pitcher Anibal Sanchez. When the A's faced Sanchez on September 20, Smith ended up 3 for 4 with three runs, a double, a homer, and four RBI. As one of the team veterans the A's need Smith to step up his game in a major way. He is 0 for 5 with two walks in this series.
With nothing but right-handed pitchers in Detroit's rotation Melvin isn't using right-handed hitters Chris Carter and Jonny Gomes. The A's will have to hope they can work those guys in later in the game in key pinch-hitting situations.
Top of the OrderCoco Crisp committed a key error in Game Two in Detroit. He dropped a ball that allowed two runs to score. The speedy center fielder was playing deep with Miguel Cabrera batting and found a way to get in position to make the catch but the ball hit the heel of his glove and bounced out. Most center fielders probably don't even get in position to make that catch. That being said, he is likely the most motivated hitter in the lineup to make amends. Crisp is a .320 (106 for 331) hitter against the Tigers, which is his best mark vs. any Major League team. Stephen Drew has recorded a hit in all nine of his career postseason games. Heart of the OrderYoenis Cespedes is 3 for 8 in his first Major League Baseball postseason. He stole two bases on Sunday to become the 14th A's player to have a multi-steal game in the postseason. Cespedes has hit safely in every game against Detroit this season. Bottom of the OrderCliff Pennington has risen to the occasion for the A's in the postseason. He has a .714 on-base percentage in this ALDS. Pennington is 3 for 5 with two walks and an RBI. Starting PitchersBrett Anderson will be starting Game Three of the ALDS. He hasn't pitched since straining his right oblique in Detroit on September 19. The Tigers are sending Sanchez to the mound. Oakland beat Sanchez on September 20 in Detroit. He gave up six runs, five earned, in five and two-thirds innings.

A's acquire outfielder from Angels, move RHP Bassitt to 60-day DL

A's acquire outfielder from Angels, move RHP Bassitt to 60-day DL

OAKLAND -- The Oakland A’s acquired outfielder Ryan LaMarre from the Los Angeles Angels in exchange for a player to be named later or cash considerations, the club announced Sunday.

LaMarre will report to Triple-A Nashville. To clear a spot on the 40-man roster, the A’s transferred right-handed pitcher Chris Bassitt to the 60-day disabled list.

LaMarre was batting .268 with seven RBI, six walks and four stolen bases in 10 games at Triple-A Salt Lake when he was designated for assignment on Tuesday. He was signed by the Angels as a free agent following the 2016 season and has a .267 average with 46 home runs, 222 RBI and 160 stolen bases in 656 games in the minors over eight seasons in the Cincinnati (2010-15), Boston (2016) and Angels (2017) farm systems.

The 28-year-old right-handed hitter made his Major League debut with the Reds in 2015 and also appeared in five games with the Red Sox last year.  LaMarre is 2-for-30 (.067) in 26 games over his two seasons in the majors.

The Oakland A's media services provided this report.

Rosales, Healy homer, A's hold off Mariners for fifth straight win

Rosales, Healy homer, A's hold off Mariners for fifth straight win

BOX SCORE

OAKLAND -- Adam Rosales got counsel on leading off from Chris Young when they were Oakland teammates in 2013.

"He's like, just keep it the same, if not be more aggressive because it's either the first or second pitch of the ballgame is the best pitch you'll see that day," Rosales said. "Be ready."

When Ariel Miranda served up a splitter down the middle, Rosales pounced on the 1-1 pitch.

Rosales and Ryon Healy each homered in the first inning, Jharel Cotton pitched six innings of two-run ball and the Athletics beat the Seattle Mariners 4-3 on Saturday for their fifth straight win.

The A's two hottest hitters quickly got to Miranda (1-2). Rosales hit his first leadoff homer since May 3, 2013, then made his usual sprint around the bases.

"He brings a lot of energy to the table," A's manager Bob Melvin said.

The A's fed off that energy, and two batters later, Healy hit a two-run shot, his third this season and first since April 6.

Cotton (2-2) gave up two runs, six hits, two walks and hit a batter.

"I was talking to myself on the mound, saying `attack, attack, attack, stay convicted, no matter what,'" Cotton said.

Ryan Madson got four outs for his first save.

Miranda allowed four runs and seven hits in three-plus inning in his worst start of the season, failing to pitch at least five innings for the first time in three starts.

Rosales is 6 for 17 with two homers and a double during the A's win streak, and Healy is 9 for 17 over his last five games after going 6 for 40 in his previous 10.

The Mariners fell to 1-9 on the road. Their sputtering offense had nine hits Saturday, offering some encouragement to a team that's hitting .195 away from home.

"Sometimes you're good at home, sometimes you're bad on the road and sometimes you're good on the road and sometimes you're bad at home" said Robinson Cano, who hit his third homer. "It was the same way last year. We just have to keep fighting."

Seattle cut it to 4-3 on Kyle Seager's pinch-hit, RBI triple in the eighth. Seager, mired in a slump all month, came into the game batting .233 with no home runs in 60 at-bats and was 3 for 16 over his last five games.

Madson struck out Mitch Haniger swinging to end the game after Jarrod Dyson singled and stole second with two outs in the ninth.

SPLASH HITS

The A's wore Golden State Warriors jerseys during batting practice on Saturday for a second straight day. The A's announced on Twitter that they plan to auction the jerseys with the proceeds going to charity.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Mariners: RHP Steve Cishek, who had offseason hip surgery, hasn't been sharp in two rehab appearances. "He's kind going through his spring training right now," manager Scott Servais said.

Athletics: CF Rajai Davis was out of the lineup for a second straight day with a hamstring injury. Manager Bob Melvin said he expects the speedster to be on the field soon and doesn't anticipate him going on the disabled list.

UP NEXT

Mariners RHP Yovani Gallardo is winless through his first three starts. He's 0-5 with a 5.29 ERA in seven career starts against Oakland. ... RHP Andrew Triggs (3-0) is yet to allow an earned run through a team-record 17 2/3 innings. He gave up five runs and six hits in his only appearance against Seattle, a two-inning relief stint last year.