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Open Thread: Game 132 - A's at Monrovia Angels of Aliso Viejo

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The A's and Smokin' Joe Blanton (or Cupcakes, whichever you'd prefer) with a 8-9 record and a 3.61 ERA take on the Angels and Slingblade with a 10-5 record and a 3.59 ERA.

The A's have two games on the Angels now thanks to Bobby Kielty's mammoth home run off the Goggle Pen.

The A's now have 19 home runs over the last seven games and need to keep up the offense. It won't be easy because Slingblade has a 2.32 ERA since the All Star break and has 59 strikeouts to only 14 walks in that same time span.

The A's go with basically the same lineup from last night.

Kendall
Ellis
Chavez
Johnson
Payton
Hatteberg
Kielty
Swisher
Scutaro

The Angels counter with this lineup:

Figgins
Cabrera
Anderson
Guerrero
Erstad
Molina
Kotchman
Izturis
Kennedy

It should be a good pitching duel again tonight if Lackey continues his hot run and Cupcakes keeps his fine pitching going.

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