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

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Barry Zito takes the mound against Hideo Nomo.

The A's are coming off a tough loss last night, so it'll be nice if Zito can get his first win of the year.

The lineup is in and there are some changes:

Kotsay
Kendall
Chavez
Durazo
Hatteberg
Byrnes
Thomas
Ginter
Ellis

Swisher sits out his first game of 2005 after a tough night last night. And Ellis and Ginter both get into the infield, with Ellis starting at shortstop, giving Scutaro the day off.

I like the idea of Byrnes and Thomas hitting together in the lineup because you've got good speed with those two.

The Rays lineup looks like this:

Crawford
Gonzalez
Huff
Lugo
Cantu
Phelps
Perez
Hall
Gathright

Ideally, we get at least seven innings from Z today with the A's ahead so then the A's have Calero for the eighth and Dotel in the ninth.