Wednesday's A's preview: Anderson vs. Danks

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Wednesday's A's preview: Anderson vs. Danks

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A's (5-6) at White Sox (7-4), Wednesday, 11 a.m.
Starting pitchers

A's: Brett Anderson (0-1, 1.93) - The left-hander has allowed only three runs in 13 innings this season. He gave up two runs in eight innings Friday in a 2-1 loss to the Twins. In two starts against the White Sox last season, Anderson only struck out two batters in 12 innings.

White Sox: John Danks (0-1, 4.50) - For his career, Danks is 4-1 with a 2.48 ERA in six starts against the A's. However, Oakland scored five times against him in 6 23 innings of his only start vs. the A's in 2010.
Previous games
The A's dropped a 6-5 decision in 10 innings to the White Sox on Tuesday. Alexei Ramirez homered off Bobby Cramer to win it in the first extra frame. Oakland starter Trevor Cahill allowed four runs in 4 23 innings, while Daric Barton went 4-for-5 with a run scored. Ramirez finished with two homers and four RBIs for Chicago.

Head-to-head

Last season, Oakland won five of the nine meetings between the teams. This season, the teams have split a pair of contests.

Whos hot?

Andy LaRoche has hit safely in five straight games and is batting .375 on the season. ... Hideki Matsui has notched five hits in his last three games.
Storylines

Lefties are hitting just .185 off Danks this season. However, for their careers, Oakland lefties David DeJesus (8-for-20, .400) and Barton (5-for-11, .455) have good numbers against him. ... Oakland is 3-0 in series finales so far this year. ... The A's have scored a total of 19 runs in their last seven games.

Sound off

Aside from Cahill, which Athletics player is most likely to be in the All-Star game this summer?

Dodgers call up top prospect day after Giants promote Arroyo

Dodgers call up top prospect day after Giants promote Arroyo

Anything you can do, I can do better.

A day after the Giants called up top prospect Christian Arroyo, the Dodgers have summoned their top prospect Cody Bellinger.

Like Arroyo, Bellinger is 21 years old. But the Dodgers' first base prospect is more highly touted.

Entering the 2017 season, Baseball America had Bellinger ranked as the No. 7 overall prospect in baseball while ESPN's Keith Law had him at No. 6. Since the beginning of the season, with prospects ahead of him graduating to the major leagues, Bellinger moved up to No. 3 on Law's list.

Arroyo and Bellinger are getting a taste of the Giants-Dodgers rivalry right away. Arroyo made his debut Monday and batted sixth. On Tuesday, Bellinger is batting eighth against Ty Blach and playing left field.

In 18 games for Triple-A Oklahoma City, Bellinger hit .343/.429/.627 with four doubles, five home runs, 15 RBI and seven stolen bases.

To make room on the 25-man roster, the Dodgers optioned outfielder Brett Eibner to Triple-A. To make room on the 40-man roster, right-handed pitcher Joe Gunkel was designated for assignment.

A's lineup: Healy batting second, Khris Davis back in vs Angels

A's lineup: Healy batting second, Khris Davis back in vs Angels

PROGRAMMING ALERT: A's-Angels coverage begins at 6pm with Pregame Live on NBC Sports California and streaming right here.

After batting fourth on Sunday, Ryon Healy moves up a couple of spots on the opener against the Angels on Tueday evening.

Oakland A's:
1. Jaff Decker (L) CF
2. Ryon Healy (R) DH
3. Jed Lowrie (S) 2B
4. Khris Davis (R) LF
5. Stephen Vogt (L) C
6. Yonder Alonso (L) 1B
7. Trevor Plouffe (R) 3B
8. Matt Joyce (L) RF
9. Adam Rosales (R) SS
Jesse Hahn -- RHP

Los Angeles Angels:
1. Yunel Escobar (R) 3B
2. Kole Calhoun (L) RF
3. Mike Trout (R) CF
4. Albert Pujols (R) DH
5. Jefry Marte (R) 1B
6. Andrelton Simmons (R) SS
7. Cameron Maybin (R) LF
8. Danny Espinosa (S) 2B
9. Martin Maldonado (R) C
JC Ramirez -- RHP