A’s To Start Sean Manaea Against Rays In Wild-Card Game

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October 2, 2019

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Oakland Athletics pitcher Sean Manaea throws during baseball practice in Oakland, Calif., Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2019. The Athletics are scheduled to face the Tampa Bay Rays in an American League wild-card game Wednesday, Oct. 2. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

Oakland tabbed left-hander Sean Manaea (4-0, 1.21 ERA) to start the AL wild-card game against Tampa Bay. The 27-year-old Manaea was sidelined last year when the Athletics lost the wild-card game to the Yankees, and missed most of this season following shoulder surgery. He returned in September and has been sharp over five starts. He’ll start opposite Rays right-hander Charlie Morton (16-6, 3.05) — that’s right, no openers for either of these forward-thinking clubs — although neither manager will shy away from an early hook. (READ MORE) by US News

Left-hander Sean Manaea, undefeated since returning in September from offseason surgery, will get the start for the host Oakland Athletics on Wednesday in the American League wild-card game against the Tampa Bay Rays.

Manaea has pitched in five games since returning from surgery on his left shoulder, going 4-0 with a 1.21 ERA. He has allowed 16 hits and seven walks in 29⅓ innings and struck out 30. (READ MORE) by ESPN

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Bob Melvin has been counting on his young Oakland Athletics to build on last season’s playoff return that ended in a lopsided wild-card loss at Yankee Stadium.

Gain some experience under pressure. Get a little feel for October baseball. Understand how much has to go right to win on the big stage.

Reaching the Division Series again would be a significant step this easygoing group knows it must take now. The A’s have lost eight straight winner-take-all games since 2000, going 1-14 with a chance to advance to the next round. Their only win was in 2006 against the Twins before being swept in the AL Championship Series by the Tigers. (READ MORE) by Janie Mccualey | The Spokesman-Review

Rays manager Kevin Cash, shown addressing the media Tuesday, will painstakingly craft the team’s starting lineup now that he knows Oakland will start left-hander Sean Manaea. [DIRK SHADD | Tampa Bay Times]

The A’s decided to start lefty Sean Manaea inWednesday’s AL wild-card game because they said based on how well he pitched returning Sept. 1 from shoulder surgery it was the right thing to do.

That it might make things a little tougher on the Rays, who hit a bit better against right-handers and are likely to not start some of their lefty hitters was a secondary reason. (READ MORE) by Marc Topkin | Tampa Bay Times

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