Oakland picked up a much-needed win Wednesday night against the Royals, but it wasn't easy. The A's led 12-5 heading into the bottom of the 7th but had to hold on for a wild 12-10 win.
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Game Date: Sept. 16, 2021
Game Time: 2:10 p.m. ET
TV: NBC Sports California
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Oakland has all but lost any chance at the AL West as it currently sits seven games back of the first-place Astros. The A's are also 3 1/2 games back of the logjam that is three AL East teams for the two wild card spots. The Blue Jays, Red Sox and Yankees are all tied for the two wild card spots. The A's desperately need wins, and they have to take advantage of playing the Royals one last time Thursday afternoon.
The Royals have continued to be a thorn in the side of playoff teams as they took Game 1 in a comeback win. The Royals are 6-4 in their last 10 games and hope they can avoid last place in the AL Central.
Daniel Lynch will get the ball for the Royals in Game 3 of their series with the A's. The Royals have won six of the last seven games he has pitched in.
The A's will turn to Paul Blackburn on Thursday. This will be just his sixth appearance for Oakland this year. The A's are just 2-3 when he has pitched this year.
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