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Open Thread: Game 125 - A's vs. Detroit

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The A's and Los Kirk with an 8-6 record and a 4.15 ERA take on the Tigers and Jeremy Bonderman with a 14-9 record and a 4.02 ERA.

A former Athletic did it to the A's last night, can Bonderman do the same thing to the A's tonight? The offense has made many a starting pitcher look like Cy Young reincarnate lately, so this could be a painful night for A's fans.

Eric Chavez returns to the lineup as a new father, his son Diego being born two days ago. Congrats, Chavy!!! Ironically, my wife and I have always loved that name as well.

Any way, the A's lineup looks like this:

Ellis
Kotsay
Crosby
Chavez
Johnson
Payton
Swisher
Melhuse
Scutaro

Kendall gets a much-needed day off and Mark Ellis leads off. We'll see if it makes much of a difference in helping spark this slumping offense. It might not because it's Bonderman pitching.

The Tigers send out this group:

Polanco
Inge
Rodriguez
Ordonez
Pena
Young
Monroe
Infante
Granderson

It's kind of strange to see Pena back in the bigs. There seemed to be a sentiment that he was a Four-A player for a while, especially after struggling ever since the Tigers took him from the A's. It'll be interesting to see if he can keep it up.

LET'S GO A'S!!!!!!!