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Open Thread: Game 156 - A's vs. Angels

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The A's and Smokin' Joe Blanton with an 11-11 record and a 3.60 ERA take on the Angels and Slingblade with a 12-5 record and a 3.55 ERA.

Well, folks, this is it. The A's win tonight or they sit on the verge of 2005 elimination. And Sacramento is getting screwed again with no TV. ARRRGGGHHHH.

Any way, here is the lineup Ken Macha is choosing to try and prevent the A's from being a playoff no-show in 05.

Ellis
Kendall
Kotsay
Chavez
Crosby
Johnson
Payton
Hatteberg
Swisher

And Scott Hatteberg finally makes his way down near the bottom of the order. Finally.

The Angels counter with this lineup:

Figgins
Cabrera
Anderson
Guerrero
Erstad
B. Molina
Finley
Rivera
Kennedy

The A's season is on the line. It's good that Blanton is on the mound since he has been the A's best second-half pitcher.

LET'S GO A'S!!!!!!! THIS IS IT, BOYS!!!