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Open Thread: Game 86 - A's vs. Mariners

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In Danny Haren’s final tuneup for an appearance that could come very early in Tuesday’s All-Star Game, the A’s try to gain at least on 2nd place, if not on 1st place in the division and Wild Card races. Despite allowing 5 ER in his last start, Haren remains the league’s ERA leader at 2.20 and he has not lost a decision since April 7th.

Haren’s opponent is Jeff Weaver, who sported a 14.32 ERA before going on the Disabled List but has posted a 2.20 ERA in his 5 starts since coming off the DL, and has allowed just 2 ER in his last 22.2 IP. Weaver is known to struggle much more against left-handed hitters, but the current A’s team is somewhat righty heavy, especially if Chavez and/or Kotsay cannot go again tonight.

LongTimeFan and I are off to enjoy the game, and make sure little kids don’t. Hopefully some kind soul will post the starting lineups when they become available.

Lineups

Seattle

Suzuki CF
Vidro DH
Ibanez LF
Guillen RF
Broussard 1B
Beltre 3B
Johjima C
Betancourt SS
Bloomquist 2B

Oakland

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