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Open Game Thread - Game 87: A's @ White Sox


Oakland Athletics @ Chicago White Sox

07/05/08 4:05 PM PDT

Oakland Athletics Chicago White Sox

Rajai Davis - CF

Orlando Cabrera - SS

Ryan Sweeney - RF

Brian Anderson - CF

Kurt Suzuki - C

Carlos Quentin - LF

Jack Cust - LF

Jermaine Dye - RF

Mark Ellis - 2B

Jim Thome - DH

Wes Bankston - DH

Joe Crede - 3B

Daric Barton - 1B

Nick Swisher - 1B

Donnie Murphy - SS

Alexei Ramirez - 2B

Jack Hannahan - 3B

Toby Hall - C

The A's send Greg "Still Needs a Nickname" Smith out against the White Sox for a shot at a win of the 4-game weekend series today. For Chicago, Gavin Floyd takes the mound against yet another threadbare, ragtag A's lineup. The starting left side of the infield has already been DL'ed in the last couple days, and now it looks as if Patrol Craft's hamstring injury is keeping him out of the starting lineup.

The A's managed a comprehensive and balanced attack last night, though, so we can only hope that tonight we get further addition-by-subtraction, with Rajai Davis starting in center in place of Gonzalez.

It's a sign of the A's annual DL woes that they're starting a handful of right-handed batters against Floyd -- and a sign of the depth that Beane assembled this year that they're actually able to field a full team.

Let's hope Cust, Bankston, and Murphy stay hot -- and that Smith harnesses his control.