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Open Thread: Game 78 - A's vs. Phillies

Welcome to another day of Oakland A’s baseball! Your usual Thursday front page writer is busy being a daddy of twins, so I will be your host for the rubber game of the series.

Rich Harden will take the mound for the A’s today, coming off a great start in which the bullpen collectively fell apart and took away his win, giving him his sixth no-decision of the year. Harden is sporting a nifty 4-0 record, with a 2.44 ERA, and he looks to continue his dominance today against the Phillies.

The A’s offense, which was collectively shut out in last night’s contest, will face RHP Adam Eaton, fresh off being pounded by the Angels.

Despite rumors to the contrary, Chavez is in the lineup as the DH, placing Cust in the outfield. Rob Bowen earns a rare start today, working in the battery with Rich Harden.

For the Phillies:

Rollins, SS
Utley, 2B
Burrell, LF
Howard, 1B
Dobbs, 3B
Victorino, CF
Werth, RF
Jenkins, DH
Ruiz, C

And your 2008 Oakland Athletics!

Ellis, 2B
Sweeney, R, RF
Cust, LF
Chavez, DH
Crosby, SS
Hannahan, 3B
Gonzalez, CF
Barton, 1B
Bowen, C