Open Thread: Game 131 - A's at Tampa Bay

Tonight is the A's eighth Saturday night away game of the 2007 season, and the team is still searching for their first win. This task is made ever more daunting by the fact the occasionally soft-hitting club will be going up against the frequently strong-throwing Scott Kazmir, who brings a 9-8 record and 3.65 ERA to the mound in an attempt to vanquish the A's, who have voted in Joe Blanton, sporting an 11-8 record and 3.84 ERA, as their starter.

Following on the heels of Oakland's 12-2 loss to the Rays yesterday, which dropped the team back to .500 on the season, the team sees some changes at the top and bottom of their lineup. Newcomers Jeff DaVanon and Jack Hannahan are also missing.

Lineups:

Your 2007 Oakland Athletics

Shannon Stewart, LF
Marco Scutaro, SS
Nick Swisher, CF
Jack Cust, RF
Mike Piazza, DH
Mark Ellis, 2B
Dan Johnson, 1B
J.J. Furmaniak, 3B
Kurt Suzuki, C

Their 2007 Tampa Bay Devil Rays

Akinori Iwamura, 3B
Carl Crawford, LF
Carlos Peña, 1B
B.J. Upton, CF
Delmon Young, RF
Brendan Harris, 2B
Jonny Gomes, DH
Josh Wilson, SS
Josh Paul, C

Yes, that's Furmaniak at 3rd base. Maybe the A's knew this was a "Radio Only" game, and thought if we wouldn't see it, we couldn't prove it actually happened. Set your radio dials... now. Go A's!

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