A’s Look To Split Series With Mariners: Game Preview

April 2, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Athletics shortstop Jed Lowrie (8, left) attempts a double play as Seattle Mariners shortstop Brendan Ryan (26) slides into second base during the eighth inning at O.co Coliseum. The Mariners defeated the Athletics 7-1. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

The Oakland Athletics will go for win number two tomorrow when they take on the Seattle Mariners in the final matchup of a four-game series.  A.J. Griffin will be the latest second-year pitcher to take the mound for the A’s, and he’ll go against Brandon Maurer, who will be making his professional debut at 22 years-old.

Oakland will look to keep their offense rolling against the rookie after it came alive last night against Joe Saunders.  After a slow start in the first two games, the A’s broke out for 11 hits and two home runs yesterday, and they’ll hope that success carries over to Thursday.  The forecast calls for rain, so it’ll be interesting to see how the two teams produce offensively on a wet field that isn’t known for being friendly to hitters on days with good weather.

This will be Griffin’s first start this early in the season, as he didn’t get called up until late June of 2012, and this will be a big year for the 25-year-old right hander as he aims to sustain his rookie success over a full season’s worth of starts.

LINEUPS

Oakland A’s (1-2)

1. Coco Crisp (S) CF
2. Jed Lowrie (S) SS
3. Josh Reddick (L) RF
4. Yoenis Cespedes (R) DH
5. Brandon Moss (L) 1B
6. Chris Young (R) LF
7. John Jaso (L) C
8. Josh Donaldson (R) 3B
9. Eric Sogard (L) 2B

Seattle Mariners (2-1)

1. Michael Saunders (L) RF
2. Franklin Gutierrez (R) CF
3. Raul Ibanez (L) DH
4. Michael Morse (R) LF
5. Justin Smoak (S) 1B
6. Kyle Seager (L) 3B
7. Dustin Ackley (L) 2B
8. Kelly Shoppach (R) C
9. Robert Andino (R) SS

Topics: Oakland Athletics, Seattle Mariners

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