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Open Thread: Game 111 - A's at Kansas City

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The A's and Danny Haren with a 9-7 record and a 4.27 ERA take on the Royals and Runelvyns Hernandez with an 8-9 record and a 4.49 ERA.

Haren has a career-high eight-game winning streak over his last 13 starts, which is one short of the AL high this year (Mark Buerhle and Kenny Rogers).

Dan Johnson, quickly thrusting himself into the discussion for AL rookie of the year, has homered in four straight games, which is one short of the Athletics franchise record held by three - George Alusik in 1962, Dave Kingman in 1986 and Matt Stairs in 1998. Strangely enough, all these home run binges have come at the beginning to middle of August. It's also the most consecutive games with a rookie home run since Jay Gibbons accomplished the same feat in 2001. Keep it up, DJ!

Stand back and bask for a moment in the A's resurgence. This team was once a season-high 12 1/2 games behind the Pico Rivera Angels of Whittier. Can you believe it now sits in a tie with that overpriced team? As U2 would say, "It's a beautiful day."

The A's lineup looks like this:

Ellis
Kotsay
Crosby
Chavez
Johnson
Payton
Swisher
Kielty
Melhuse

Kendall gets a day off. Stop the presses. Go Millhouse!

The Royals counter with this lineup:

DeJesus
Long
Sweeney
Stairs
Brown
Teahen
Berroa
Phillips
Murphy

One suggestion for the A's today. Be patient. Hernandez has allowed 58 walks and he has a K/BB rate of 1.29.

The tendency in this situation might be to look ahead to the huge match up on Tuesday in Oakland with Harden vs. Slingblade. Don't let it happen, boys!

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