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Open Thread: Game 107 - A's vs. Royals

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So, it’s come to this: The A’s try to avoid the sweep today at the hands of the Royals. Yes, those Royals. Elsewhere in the AL West, the Angels are embarrassing Boston at Fenway (just in time for our visit this weekend) and Texas is scoring runs like they’re going out of style. (Oakland is beautiful, Josh! Come play here!) I’d ask for over/under on runs scored for the A’s today and this weekend, but I think that would be a rather depressing game.

How about that new Harry Potter trailer?

Oh, right. Today’s game. Well, the A’s offense will score two, while their pitcher will be dominant until the later innings where he will give up quick runs to put the game out of reach. Just a guess.

Sean Gallagher makes another start for the A’s, facing the Royals instead of the Rangers this time; which should only help him. The A’s offense will be opposed by Brian Bannister, whom they might actually be able to hit. Call me crazy, but I love seeing Carlos Gonzalez and Ryan Sweeney in there every day. That’s the part of the lineup that makes me think we a) could possibly score a run and b) have some sort of a future.

It’s been a tough month. Let’s see if the A’s can grab a win today before we face off against Goliath Boston.


Lineup

Kansas City Royals @ Oakland Athletics

07/30/08 12:35 PM PDT

Kansas City Royals Oakland Athletics
Mike Aviles - 2B Ryan Sweeney - RF
Mitch Maier - CF Kurt Suzuki - C
Alex Gordon - 3B Carlos Gonzalez - CF
Jose Guillen - RF Jack Cust - DH
Mark Teahen - LF Emil Brown - LF
Billy Butler - DH Mark Ellis - 2B
Ross Gload - 1B Jack Hannahan - 3B
Miguel Olivo - C Bobby Crosby - SS
Tony Pena - SS Wes Bankston - 1B


LET’S GO OAK-LAND!