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These Are the Times that Try Men's Souls

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Someone closely connected with the A's recently said this to me.

I realize that sports fandom is all about ups and downs. That to follow a team and bleed its colors means that I must take my lumps as well as dance in streets with its victories.

Well, I'm going to take my lumps as our team continues its downward spiral.

With a confidence-shaken Haren going against Randy Johnson tomorrow, the A's season of retooling is getting away faster than we're sending young stars to the DL.

I still think it's too early to make trades unless you can get someone young and inexpensive like Austin Kearns who could be a part of the reconstruction of our A's. But I agree with the main course of thinking here in AN that eventually, Byrnes, Dotel, Durazo and maybe even Zito could be gone by the time the deadline rolls around. The key is to creating a market for these players, so they need to perform. Well, except for Byrnes because I would think a lot of teams could make use of him.

So, I'll sit back and enjoy the reconstruction of our team and watch our young pitching staff make like Kirk Cameron amd Alan Thicke along the way.

By the way, the A's do have hope in the minor leagues, despite the recent news that Dan Meyer has been shut down indefinitely.

Jairo Garcia had his third save for the River Cats tonight with two strikeouts and a walk. He has yet to yield an earned run in Triple-A.

Stephen Obenchain and Evan Fahrner combined on a two-hitter, 1-0 victory for the Midland Rockhounds. Obenchain had six strikeouts and surrendered two walks. He is now 3-1 with a 4.02 ERA. Fahrner has two saves since becoming Midland's closer with a 1.78 ERA. He had one strikeout and didn't allow a hit or walk over two innings.