Braun suspended for season! Garza traded to Rangers! DLD 7/22/13

One year ago. - Jason O. Watson

Links before the series at Houston.

From Fangraphs, we have a list that the A's aren't on, and if their payroll doesn't balloon, it would be shocking if they ever ended up on it. It would take an incredible amount of suck to be on there with a small-market team.

Here's a look at some of the oddities from Saturday's game between Seattle and Houston.

Yoenis Cespedes is unlikely to play on Monday. The Astros will start left-hander Dallas Keuchel, so the A's will need to use two left-handed bats. Josh Reddick usually faces lefties anyway, but they'll need one other. Saturday, they gave Brandon Moss the nod, and with BoMel's tendency to play the hot hand, it would not be surprising at all to see Moss in the lineup tonight on the heels of his three-hit performance yesterday.

You've probably seen it, but here's the Colon-Pujols exchange again. If this was a game between two major east coast teams it would probably be referred to as Moundgate.

The Astros have called up Jonathan Villar, who will start at shortstop.

On this day one year ago, the A's won one of their most memorable games of 2012 in one of their most memorable series of 2012. If you want to be really specific about it, the exact anniversary of "WHAT IS HAPPENING IN OAKLAND, RAY FOSSE?" comes at 4:54 this afternoon.

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