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Open Game Thread: Game 80 - A's at New York

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I think someone put Tim Goodman's Cranky Pants in my closet last night. Man, these things itch.

Let's see: a junk-tossing rookie lefty starting against the A's? Yeah, that bodes well.

Dept. of WTF?!?: day game after a night game, no one as thenthitive as Joe Blanton pitching, so of course ... Kendall's starting.

Geren goes with the same loaf of bread, but sliced ... sideways! Yeah, I know: injuries have basically dictated that we have no one to sub in as a starter.

Swisher, despite some murmurings that he might have been too banged-up to play, is still in the lineup. You know, given how he's been hitting of late, plus the banged-up-ed-ness, plus hardly having had any days off at all this season ... oh, never mind. It doesn't matter. We're all going to ... do something. I don't care what.

Lineups:

A's

Stewart LF
Ellis 2B
Swisher RF
Cust DH
Chavez 3B
Johnson 1B
Crosby SS
Kotsay CF
Kendall C

New York

Damon DH
Jeter SS
Abreu RF
Rodriguez 3B
Posada C
Matsui LF
Cabrera CF
Cano 2B
Phillips 1B

Pitching for the A's: Chad Gaudin, who tries to stop the stepwise upward progression of his ERA; for the Yankees: Kei Igawa, who tries to ... uh, not be Kei Igawa so much.