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Open Thread: Game 26 - A's vs. Rangers

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The A's and King Richard Harden with a 2-1 record and a 2.10 ERA take on Coliseum specialist Kenny Rogers with a 1-2 record and a 2.67 ERA.

Lots of news today as the A's called up the versatile Jermaine Clark and placed Swisher on the 15-day DL. Clark is a Mr. Do Everything for the A's now.

I'm happy for Swisher that it isn't broken and only sprained. Let's just hope it doesn't stretch into something too long. It's a shame because Swish was just starting to get comfortable at the plate after his thumb surgery.

The A's lineup looks like this tonight:

Kotsay
Kendall
Chavez
Hatteberg
Durazo
Ellis
Byrnes
Kielty
Scutaro

As many of us suspected, it looks like Kielty and Byrnes will be the choice for now in the outfield. But then again, this might have been the lineup even if Swish was healthy because of the solid at-bats against lefties Byrnes and Kielty give you.

The Rangers counter with this group:

Dellucci
Young
Teixeira
Blalock
Soriano
Nix
Allen
Matthews
Barajas

I realized that I jinxed King Richard last time because it was the first time all season that I didn't wear my Harden tee when he started. But you bet your AN I've got it on today. We'll see if that helps Harden's mojo.

LET'S GO OAKLAND!!!!!!!!