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6:10 PM PT7:10 PM MT8:10 PM CT9:10 PM ET21:10 ET1:10 GMT9:10 6:10 PM MST8:10 PM EST8:40 PM VEN5:10 UAE (+1)8:10 PM CT, September 28, 2019
T-Mobile Park, Seattle, Washington  Attendance: 26,470

A's face Mariners with goal of getting playoff-ready

According to STATS
According to STATS

Oakland Athletics at Seattle Mariners

  1. The Athletics have won eight of the last 11 matchups with the Mariners after losing the season's first four meetings. This is Oakland's best 11-game single-season stretch against Seattle since going 9-2 from June 26-September 30, 2012.
  2. The A's are 11-3 since September 10, and defeated the Angles on Wednesday for their 95th win of the season. Since 2000, only the Yankees (12) and Red Sox (eight) have more 95-win seasons than the A's six.
  3. Matt Chapman hit his 35th homer of the season Wednesday to become just the fifth Athletic all-time with 35 or more homers and 35 or more doubles in a season. He joins Jason Giambi in 2001, Reggie Jackson in 1969 and '75, Jimmie Foxx in 1933 and Al Simmons in 1930.
  4. Marcus Semien has a .410/.478/.803 slash line with six homers, six doubles, 14 RBI and 16 runs during a 14-game on-base streak. He hit his 43rd double of the season Wednesday, and now has 82 extra-base hits on the season, the most by an Oakland batter since Jason Giambi had 87 in 2001.
  5. The Mariners have lost 25 of their last 32 games against AL West opponents and are 25-47 against division foes this season. That .347 winning percentage is Seattle's worst within the AL West since the 2010 team went 17-40 (.298).
  6. After nearly being no-hit Wednesday, the Mariners have totaled just one run and 13 hits in their last three games combined. The only other time in franchise history the M's combined for a run or less and 13 hits or fewer hits in a three-game span in a single season came May 6-8, 2008.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 9/26/2019 thru 9/29/2019

The Oakland Athletics' offense should be at full strength for the postseason.

Outfielder Mark Canha and designated hitter Khris Davis both returned from injuries Friday night in Oakland's 4-3 loss to the host Seattle Mariners. The teams continue their regular-season-ending, four-game series Saturday.

Canha strained his left groin in Oakland's Wednesday victory against the Los Angeles Angels, and Davis was sidelined for two games by the stomach flu.

"It's nice to have them back, and they wanted to play, obviously," A's manager Bob Melvin said. "This is kind of the day maybe we give (outfielder Ramon) Laureano off with his workload, but he didn't want anything to do with that. This time of year, late in the season with a lot on the line, these guys want to play and will do anything they can to get in the lineup."

The Friday result -- the Mariners rallied with two runs in the bottom of the ninth off Athletics closer Liam Hendriks -- dropped Oakland (96-64) into a tie with the Tampa Bay Rays in the race for home-field advantage for the American League's wild-card playoff game. The A's clinched a postseason berth before they took the field Friday night as the Cleveland Indians were eliminated with an 8-2 loss at Washington.

That meant despite the defeat, the A's popped the champagne in the visiting clubhouse following the Friday game to celebrate their second consecutive playoff berth.

"It feels amazing. It feels like this is becoming a habit. It's a good thing," Canha said.

In addition to Canha and Davis, outfielder Stephen Piscotty returned from the injured list Thursday after missing 29 games with a sprained right ankle.

Melvin said he hoped to get Piscotty some at-bats this weekend.

"A lot of hard work, determination and pain tolerance went into getting back in this position," Melvin said of Piscotty. "It's nice to have a guy that has been instrumental with this team over the course of the season. As he's shown in his career with us, he gets big hits. That would suggest he does well in the postseason and does have a good track record."

A's right-hander Mike Fiers (15-4, 3.91 ERA), who could start the wild-card game, went five innings Friday and allowed two runs on four hits. He walked two and struck out four.

Oakland left-hander Brett Anderson (12-9, 4.00 ERA) is scheduled to make his 31st start of the season Saturday, tying a career high. Anderson will be making his first start since Sept. 17, when he limited Kansas City to one run in five innings in a victory.

Anderson has had his innings limited in September to limit the stress on his arm. He is 10-5 with a 2.36 ERA in 22 career appearances (21 starts) against the Mariners, including 2-1 with a 3.38 ERA in three starts this season.

The Mariners will counter with left-hander Marco Gonzales (16-12, 4.09 ERA), who has already posted career highs in wins, starts (33) and innings pitched (196). Gonzales is 3-1 with a 4.00 ERA in four starts against Oakland this season and 4-2 with a 3.88 ERA in eight appearances (seven starts) vs. the A's in his career.

With the Friday result, the Mariners snapped a four-game losing streak in which they had scored just two runs.

"Our guys have a lot to play for, too, trying to prove themselves," Seattle manager Scott Servais said. "It's nice for those guys to get the results like that."

--Field Level Media

Updated September 28, 2019

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