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Open Thread: Game 10 - A's at Minnesota

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It appears that that indoor facility in Minnesota is the Terrordome once again for the A's. The past two days the A's have jumped out to an early lead and getting a two-homer performance, only to see it evaporate into a one-run loss.

Smokin' Joe Blanton with a 1-0 record and a 0.00 ERA take on Kyle Lohse, who is 0-1 with a 15.43 ERA.

The good news is that the A's appear to have finally rounded the corner offensively, getting five homers, 18 hits and 11 runs in the series so far. It's too bad that the offense is being wasted. Hopefully Cupcakes can stop the bleeding today.

I have to go to a meeting early today, so I must open this thread early, but here is my guess on the A's starting lineup:

Ellis
Bradley
Crosby
Chavez
Thomas
Swisher
Payton
Kendall
Johnson

Kendall should be back in there, Kotsay will get one of those early season rests and Macha needs to keep running DJ out there until he gets a hit.

But that's just a guess. I'm sure someone will post the actually lineups when they're announced.

LET'S GO OAK-LAND!!!!!!!

{Update from Nico, 9:00am:}

Actual lineups are:

Scutaro
Swisher
Crosby
Chavez
Thomas
Bradley
Payton
Kendall
Johnson

Stewart
Castillo
Redmond
White
Hunter
Morneau
Batista
Cuddyer
Punto