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Open Thread: Game 143 - A's at Minnesota

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The A's and Joe Blanton with a 15-10 record and a 4.66 ERA take on the Twins and Carlos Silva with an 8-13 record and a 6.30 ERA.

Well, the season comes down to 20 games, a 5.5 game lead and three games in the terror dome.

The A's starting lineup looks like this:

Kendall
Swisher
Bradley
Thomas
Chavez
Payton
Johnson
Scutaro
Ellis

Look for DJ, Payton and Milton Bradley tonight as they've had success against Silva in the past. Much of the rest of the A's lineup has been held very much in check. Frank Thomas is looking for his sixth straight game with a home run. Go Big Hurt!

The Twins send out this lineup:

Castillo
Punto
Mauer
Cuddyer
Morneau
Hunter
White
Tyner
Bartlett

Watch out for Castillo and Punto...guys who've had limited plate appearances against Blanton, but from initial results, they seem to see him well.

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