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Open Thread: Game 123 - A's vs. Royals

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The A's and Joe Blanton with a 7-9 record and a 3.94 ERA take on the Royals and Runelvys Hernandez with an 8-11 record and a 5.10 ERA.

The A's try to rebound after one of their most disappointing and frustrating losses of the season.

The A's finally admitted Hatteberg needs some time to try and rest his abdominal injury.

The lineup looks like this:

Kendall
Kotsay
Crosby
Chavez
Johnson
Payton
Swisher
Melhuse
Scutaro

My feeling is that Crosby is still in the three-hole because the A's believe in letting their young stars learn by remaining in the spotlight rather than hiding them from it. Just my opinion why he's still there despite the slide.

The Royals counter with this group:

Ambres
Hocking
Sweeney
Stairs
Brown
Long
Teahen
Berroa
Buck

It's the current A's against former A's today. Long, Berroa, Stairs and Teahen. Four former A's.

I opened a couple of extra threads for your use once this reaches 200 comments.

LET'S GO A'S!!!!!!! WAKE UP OFFENSE!!!