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Open Thread: Game 11 - A's vs. Rangers

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Back home in the friendly, outdoor, grassy confines of the Oakland Coliseum, the A's will try to get well against a Rangers team that has started slow to the tune of 3-7. Barry Zito takes a career record of 15-2 vs. Texas into tonight's start, opposed by Kevin Millwood, whose free agent price tag has been rivaled only by his 7.36 ERA after two starts. Look for Ken Macha to make sensible use of his rested bullpen, pulling Zito the first time Barry falls behind in the count.

The A's get their first look at Brad Wilkerson, and Dan Johnson hopes to get his first look at the hit column. The lineups:

Matthews
Young
Teixeira
Nevin
Blalock
Barajas
Wilkerson
DeRosa
Jimenez

Ellis
Kotsay
Crosby
Chavez
Thomas
Bradley
Swisher
Kendall
Johnson