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Open Thread: Game 113 - A's at Blue Jays

Well, for the first time in a really long time, A's fans have something to look forward to in tonight's game; the major league debut of LHP Gio Gonzalez, who will be facing the Blue Jays in his start tonight. Everyone connected to the A's is high on Gonzalez, not so much for his starting numbers (a pedestrian 8-7, 4.24 ERA at Triple-A), but rather for his 128 K's in 123 innings.

I hope someone warned him that he needs to give up two runs or fewer in the game to have a chance at a major league win, because, you know, the A's offense. They will be facing Shaun Marcum.

I'm excited to see Gio pitch. Well, actually, I'm excited for something new and different in an A's game, and we get it tonight. Let's hope that a new pitcher equals a different outcome for the game. Maybe he'll throw nine.


Oakland Athletics @ Toronto Blue Jays

08/06/08 4:07 PM PDT

Oakland Athletics Toronto Blue Jays
Ryan Sweeney - RF Marco Scutaro - 2B
Kurt Suzuki - C David Eckstein - DH
Frank Thomas - DH Alex Rios - CF
Carlos Gonzalez - CF Lyle Overbay - 1B
Jack Cust - LF Rod Barajas - C
Mark Ellis - 2B Adam Lind - LF
Jack Hannahan - 3B Scott Rolen - 3B
Bobby Crosby - SS Kevin Mench - RF
Daric Barton - 1B John McDonald - SS