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Open Thread: Game 2 - A's vs. Red Sox

Are we really doing this again?

After last night's heart-wrenching loss, the A's take the field again, looking to salvage a game against the Red Sox in Japan. Returning to the U.S. with a split would be more than probably most of us hoped for, and would open our season on the right note. At the very least, it would somewhat let Street and Brown off the hook for yesterday's game, and would give us something to look forward to until the A's regular season resumes play.

Boston sents out this crew:

Dustin Pedroia, 2B
Kevin Youkilis, 1B
David Ortiz, DH
Manny Ramirez, LF
Mike Lowell, 3B
Brandon Moss, RF
Jason Varitek, C
Coco Crisp, CF
Julio Lugo, SS

Taking the mound for the Red Sox is Jon Lester:


Your 2008 Oakland Athletics will send the following lineup to counter:

Travis Buck, RF
Mark Ellis, 2B
Daric Barton, 1B
Mike Sweeney, DH
Brown, Emil, LF
Bobby Crosby, SS
Jack Hannahan, 3B
Kurt Suzuki, C
Chris Denorfia, CF

And taking the mound for the A's, who will now be known as James Richard Harden (in hopes of a better year):