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Thursday night’s game between the Oakland Athletics and the
Chicago White Sox has been postponed because of rain.

The postponement is the 40th in the major leagues this season Authentic Su'a
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, one more than last year and the most in at least
the past six years.

The game will be made up on Friday as part of a straight doubleheader
beginning at 3:10 p.m. CDT. The second game will start at 7:10 p.m., the time
for Friday’s regularly scheduled game, or 30 minutes after the conclusion of the
first game.

The White Sox announced right-hander James Shields (2-8, 4.63 ERA) will start
the first game on Friday, with righty Lucas Giolito (4-7, 7.19) following in the
nightcap. Chicago has lost seven straight to match a season high and is a
season-low 25 games under .500.

Oakland will send left-hander Sean Manaea (6-6, 3.56) to the mound in the
opener and start righty Chris Bassitt in (0-2, 2.45) in Game 2.

The Athletics are scheduled to play four games this weekend during their only
visit to Chicago this season.


PHOENIX — For the first time in 52 days, A.J. Pollock was back Monday where
he belonged — in center field and hitting fourth in the Arizona lineup after
missing time with a fractured left thumb.

St. Louis, meanwhile, seems to be in a juggling mode where its outfield is
concerned. Jose Martinez, who has spent most of the first half at first
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second straight day, and that appears that is his position moving forward.

Pollock was hitless in four at-bats and scored a run, but the Cardinals took
the first game of the series when Yadier Molina had two hits, including a homer
and three RBIs in a 6-3 victory Monday.

Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo apologized to Molina behind the batting
cage before the game for language he used in an argument the second inning of an
April 8 game in St. Louis. Lovullo was ejected and Molina had to be restrained
as players from both teams entered the field.

“Everything is in the past,” Molina said. “I have a bunch of respect for him
and the organization in Arizona.”

Arizona right-hander Zack Greinke is to oppose St. Louis right-hander Jack
Flaherty in the second game of the series Tuesday.

St. Louis broke a four-game losing streak and, with four runs in the first
inning, had a lead for the first time since last Tuesday. The Diamondbacks have
lost four in a row.

“It is frustrating,” Lovullo said. “I think we are a better team then we have
showed these last four games. The season has its ups and downs and we should
know that. We had a situation just like this before.”

Pollock, who has missed extended time because of injuries the last two
seasons, will be monitored, Lovullo said.

“He wants to play every day. He makes that perfectly clear,” Lovullo said.
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, and I love that. But I explained to him that
we’re going to control his playing time and his innings until he’s one hundred
percent removed from any more things popping up.”

Pollock was slashing .293/.346.503 with 11 homers and 33 RBIs in 40 games
before his injury.

Martinez leads the Cardinals with 52 RBIs, but he also leads NL first basemen
with seven errors. Rookie Tyler O’Neill started in right field Monday, with Matt
Carpenter at first.

“One of those tough conversations,” St. Louis manager Mike Matheny said of
Martinez’s position shift.

“He is so good offensively. And trying to figure out ways to maybe help our
defense a little bit on the infield. We’re going to be working him as hard as we
can to get him comfortable there and plug him into the equation. There are still
going to be some opportunities at first.”

Martinez, slashing .299/.367/.496 with 13 and a team-high 52 RBIs, has played
72 games at first base this season after basically splitting time between first
and the corner outfield spots in last season. Left field is now covered by free
agent sign Marcell Ozuna.

“Tyler O’Neill is going to play,” Matheny said. “We know when he gets hot,
he’s got the potential to do good things for us. Try to get a good look at him
while he is in play mode. He’s been swinging it well. Just some different looks.
Get some other guys engaged in the infield, too.”

Greinke, 8-5 with a 3.41 ERA, has 13 scoreless innings in his last two
starts, victories at Pittsburgh and Miami as part of a three-win road trip. He
has won three starts in a row and was 5-1 with a 2.95 ERA in six June
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, dropping his ERA to the lowest it has
been since the second week of the season.

“He’s on a Zack Greinke run,” Lovullo said. “He had a real nice run from the
middle of May last year until the end of the season, where he just grinds up
innings. Fast innings, which equal wins.”

Greinke is 12-5 with a 3.42 ERA in 19 career appearances against the
Cardinals. He has more victories against only team, Detroit (13). Greinke is 3-1
with a 2.40 ERA in eight home starts this season and is 16-2 at Chase Field the
last two years.

Rookie Flaherty, 3-3 with a 2.92 ERA, has made quality starts in four of his
11 appearances and had a career-high 13 strikeouts while giving up only one hit
in seven innings of a no-decision against Milwaukee on June 22. He gave up four
runs in four innings in his last appear, a 5-1 loss to Cleveland.

Flaherty, 1-1 with a 2.20 ERA in five starts on the road, has never faced
Arizona.

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