A’s Vs. Angels Lineups: Frankie Montas Makes First Start Since Suspension

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Frankie Montas returns from his 80-game PED suspension Wednesday night, as the A's take on the Angels in a critical game in Anaheim.

Montas, 26, was having a career-year before his suspension, going 9-2 with a 2.70 ERA in 15 starts. The right-hander has been throwing simulated games every five days at the A's training complex in Arizona, throwing upwards of 100 pitches, but he hasn't pitched in a real game since June 20.

In order to make room for Montas on the 40-man roster, Oakland designated catcher Beau Taylor for assignment.

Left-hander Andrew Heaney will get the start for the Angels. The 28-year-old is 4-6 with a 5.10 ERA in 17 outings this season. In four September starts, Heaney is just 1-3 with a 9.31 ERA.

A's designated hitter Khris Davis is out with the stomach flu after launching his 23rd home run of the season in Tuesday's series opener. Jurickson Profar will serve as the DH and bat seventh in the order.

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Ramón Laureano moves up to the second spot in the lineup and will handle right field, while Mark Canha starts in center and Chad Pinder in left.

Here are the full lineups for the A's-Angels game, which will be broadcast on NBC Sports California and the MyTeams app. Coverage begins at 6:30 p.m. PT, with first pitch at 7:07.

Oakland A's (94-63)
SS Marcus Semien
RF Ramón Laureano
3B Matt Chapman
1B Matt Olson
CF Mark Canha
LF Chad Pinder
DH Jurickson Profar
2B Sheldon Neuse
C Josh Phegley

RHP Frankie Montas (9-2, 2.70 ERA)

Los Angeles Angels (71-86)
2B David Fletcher
CF Brian Goodwin
DH Albert Pujols
RF Kole Calhoun
SS Andrelton Simmons
1B Jared Walsh
LF Taylor Ward
3B Kaleb Cowart
C Anthony Bemboom

LHP Andrew Heaney (4-6, 5.10 ERA)

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