The game becomes the secondary story tonight, that's for sure. In case you haven't heard, the A's traded Jason Kendall to the Chicago Cubs.
Dallas Braden and his 1-3 record and 6.08 ERA take on the Rangers and Jamey Wright with a 2-2 record and a 5.55 ERA.
It'll be interesting to see how the trade impacts the team. I mean, it isn't like the team could get any worse right about now, can it? From all published reports, Kendall was a popular figure in the clubhouse. We'll see if the guys sag even more.
Regardless, we turn the page tonight on the Kendall era to the Suzuki era. Here is the lineup fresh off the hands of the sweep of the Twins:
Chavez isn't in the lineup. Should the speculation begin? Not really. I'm betting he probably has a back issue or forearms or something.
The Rangers send out this lineup to face young Dallas Braden:
Hopefully Braden can actually stick this time.
LET'S GO A'S!!!!!!! LET THE SUZUKI ERA BEGIN!