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Open Game Thread: Game 96 - A's at Yankees

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The A's kick off the second half of the season at Yankee Stadium with a three-game series against the AL East's third-place team.

Greg Smith, proud owner of the best pickoff move in baseball, takes the mound against Mike Mussina tonight. Let's hope Smith won't need to use that weapon much tonight against the injury-riddled Bombers lineup (Study their lineup from the fifth hitter on - how the mighty have fallen! Nobody scares you a bit after Posada).

Richie Sexson makes his first start as a Yankee tonight, batting fifth and playing first base, as Giambi gets the night off against a lefty. Sexson was released a week ago by the Mariners and the team ate the remainder of his 13 million dollar expiring contract.

As for the A's first base situation, Daric Barton is out of the lineup and Jack Hannahan is playing first.

Bobby Crosby was activated from the DL today and starts at short, and Gregorio Petit was optioned back down to Sacramento.

Lenny DiNardo, who has already passed through waivers once this season, re-joins the 40-man roster and the big club today to take Joe Blanton's roster spot.


Lineup

Oakland Athletics @ New York Yankees

07/18/08 4:05 PM PDT

Oakland Athletics New York Yankees
Mark Ellis - 2B Derek Jeter - SS
Kurt Suzuki - C Bobby Abreu - RF
Ryan Sweeney - RF Alex Rodriguez - 3B
Jack Cust - DH Jorge Posada - DH
Emil Brown - LF Richie Sexson - 1B
Bobby Crosby - SS Robinson Cano - 2B
Carlos Gonzalez - CF Melky Cabrera - CF
Jack Hannahan - 1B Jose Molina - C
Donnie Murphy - 3B Brett Gardner - LF