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Open Game Thread: Game 8 - A's vs. White Sox

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Ah, the home opener. Baseball returns to the sweet green grass of the Coliseum for the first time since October (the preseason stuff doesn't count). And who better to open the season at home than Rich Harden who is sporting a big fat goose egg for an ERA and a 1-0 record. You've got to love the early season because you get to see things like a 63.00 ERA. That's where Jose Contreras ERA stands right now.

While it's true that Contreras will likely lower that into at least the 20s tonight, he does have an ERA over seven against the A's in five starts over the past three years.

The A's send out this lineup to take on Contreras and the White Sox:

Kendall
Stewart
Bradley
Piazza
Chavez
Swisher
Crosby
Buck
Ellis

I still don't like Kendall in the leadoff spot any more, but the A's don't really have a traditional leadoff hitter right now. I respect what he does behind the dish in calling a game and whatnot, but if he isn't getting on base, he does nothing for our team.

King Richard faces the following White Sox lineup:

Podsednik
Erstad
Konerko
Thome
Dye
Crede
Pierzynski
Cintron
Uribe

How is it that I still can't stomach the mere sight of that punk ass Pierzynski? It's been years since he yelled boo-yah in Greg Myers face and I still hold a grudge. Man, I think I need to grow up or something. Oh and it's gonna be weird to see Erstad in something other than obnoxious red (you know the bright red that borders on nearly orange that those folks from So Cal thinks looks stylish).

LET'S GO A'S!!!!!! Win that home opener!