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Open Thread - NLCS Game 5

Andy Pettitte takes on Chris Carpenter with the Astros looking to close out the series and move on to play the White Sox.

As an aside, the A's picked up the option on Jay Payton today. So the A's outfield appears set for 2006. Payton, Kotsay and Swisher will likely be the starting three for most of the year, pending other offseason moves. The A's also declined the option on Yabu and haven't yet made a decision on Hatteberg (although I believe it's a foregone conclusion - emphasis on gone).