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Game Thread: Lyles goes for Pirates in rubber match vs A’s

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Pittsburgh Pirates v Detroit Tigers Photo by Dave Reginek/Getty Images

Quick notes:

Pirates have won 3 of 4, blemished only by the blowout loss on Friday that caused Vlad to lose his hot dogs.

Oakland right-hander Frankie Montas is a very hard thrower, averaging over 96 mph on his fastball that he leans only heavily at 66% usage with a slider at 28%, which obviously doesn’t leave much room fro any other pitches.

Bryan Reynolds sits as Melky starts.

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ATHLETICS

1 R Marcus Semien SS

2 R Ramon Laureano CF

3 R Matt Chapman 3B

4 R Khris Davis LF

5 S Kendrys Morales 1B

6 R Stephen Piscotty RF

7 S Jurickson Profar 2B

8 R Nick Hundley C

9 R Frankie Montas RHP

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PIRATES

1 L Adam Frazier 2B

2 R Starling Marte CF

3 L Gregory Polanco RF

4 S Josh Bell 1B

5 S Melky Cabrera LF

6 L Colin Moran 3B

7 R Elias Diaz C

8 S Cole Tucker SS

9 R Jordan Lyles RHP