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San Diego Padres (24-12) at Oakland Athletics (22-13)
Saturday, September 5th, 4:10 PM EDT
The Athletics and the Padres are contenders in the AL West and the NL West respectively, and both teams appear to be locks to make the postseason, especially with an expanded 16-team playoff format. The Padres won 7-0 in Friday's meeting between these two teams, but there is very little separating these two franchises so the Athletics could easily respond with a win here. The pitching matchup will be a stellar duel between two of the most talented arms in baseball right now, as Chris Paddack will start for the Padres and Sean Manaea will get the nod for the Athletics. Paddack has better overall numbers, but Manaea is trending in the right direction and has posted a 2.35 ERA in his last three starts.
Daniel Mengden - Covid-19 - Illness
9/3 10:39 AM EST - Mengden was placed on the COVID-19 injured list Thursday, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports. He is asymptomatic, but will nonetheless have to quarantine until he tests negative, so he should be considered out indefinitely. The Athletics say that Mengden did not violate safety protocols, so there will be no discipline from the team. Mike Minor was added to the active roster in a corresponding move.
A.J. Puk - 10-Day IL - Shoulder
9/4 7:29 PM EST -