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Open Thread: Game 112 - A's vs. Lake Forest Angels of Orange

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The A's and Rich Harden with a 9-4 record and a 2.54 ERA takes on Slingblade Lackey with a 9-4 record and a 3.65 ERA.

Buckle your seat belts, ladies and gentlemen, this is going to be one hell of a ride. I've been dying all day for 7:05 p.m. to roll around and it's 22 minutes away. The most important series of 2005 takes place tonight. Sure, the A's can lose all three and their season would be far from over, but it would be nice to make a statement right here, right now to Arte and company.

The A's are the third team in Major League history to come from 15 games under .500 to eventually be 15 games over .500. The other two teams were the 1914 Boston Braves and the 1965 Pittsburgh Pirates. Of the two, only the Braves made the playoffs. So the A's are fighting against a little thing called history. 91 years of history.

It's been an unbelievable ride and the A's were the talk of everything national today. ESPN, the national radio talk show hosts.

And this was supposed to be a "retooling" year. Retool this.

The A's lineup looks like this:

Kendall
Ellis
Crosby
Chavez
Johnson
Swisher
Kielty
Payton
Melhuse

Very different lineup made necessary by an injury to Kotsay. I'm not sure why Melhuse is in there at DH unless Hatteberg is still hurting as well. Johnson and Swisher both occupy key spots in the lineup protecting Chavez.

The LAAAAAAAAAAA lineup looks like this:

Figgins
Cabrera
Erstad
Guerrero
Anderson
Kotchman
Molina
Finley
Kennedy

The Angels have someone hitting .323 hitting ninth. Strange. Keep an eye on Kotchman. He went berserk in his last few outings.

Anyone want to place bets on what inning we see Scioscia, or as I like to call him Whiny Mike, first comes out to complain about something to the umps?

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