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Open Thread: Game 135 - A's vs. Yankees

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Sing it with me, everybody: "It's a Saarloos world after all, " (Now just the altos!) "It's a Saarloos world after all"...That's right, ladies, gentlemen, and oversized rodents: It's Aaron Small against Kirk Saarloos today, in a matchup that almost certainly does not affect anyone's fantasy team.

With Gordon, Rivera, Duke, and Street all well-rested, today is most certainly a 7-inning game, and one which Macha has the capacity to turn into a 5-inning game as desired or needed.

Today's "fun fact" centers around the reality that Ricardo Rincon may be called upon in a key spot today or tomorrow: Against left-handed pitching this year, Hideki Matsui is batting .352 with an OPS of .995, while Jason Giambi hits just .236 and the switch-hitting Ruben Sierra drops 66 points (.245/.311).

The starting lineups:

Jeter
Matsui
Sheffield
A-Rod
Giambi
Lawton
Posada
Cano
Crosby

Kendall
Ellis
Chavez
Hatteberg
Payton
Johnson
Kielty
Swisher
Scutaro