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Open Thread: Game 145 - A's at Tigers

This is usually the point in the season where I watch about six games a day; knowing that there is precious little time left for baseball before we face the prospect of the long off-season.

It is with a mixture of sadness and sheer relief that the 2008 A's campaign comes to an end; this team has been a footnote at best; and record-setting terrible at worst, but we're still here, blogging about the games, dreaming of a better future.

These last few games are fun for me; I like seeing the young talent; I appreciate our closer pitching dead sick to preserve the win last night; I have enjoyed watching Rajai Davis get a second chance to make an impact (I'm rooting for him), and I like dreaming of the days when our offense can actually score runs. I won't take crooked numbers for granted again.

This morning we get to take another look at Sean Gallagher, who is back for the A's, and facing the Tigers for the first time. He will be the first right-handed starting pitcher in 20 days for the A's, and he will be squaring off against Armando Galarraga, who has put together a pretty good season for the disappointing Tigers at 12-5, 3.39.

Bobby Crosby has been told that his playing time will be reduced for the end of the season in order to see some of the rookies. I couldn't agree with this decision more. It's about time we saw some other options at short. Pennington will get the call there today, as will Bowen at catcher. Davis will start in CF and lead off again.


Oakland Athletics @ Detroit Tigers

09/10/08 10:05 AM PDT

Oakland Athletics Detroit Tigers
Rajai Davis - CF Curtis Granderson - CF
Aaron Cunningham - LF Ramon Santiago - SS
Ryan Sweeney - RF Gary Sheffield - DH
Jack Cust - DH Miguel Cabrera - 1B
Daric Barton - 1B Matt Joyce - RF
Jeff Baisley - 3B Jeff Larish - 3B
Cliff Pennington - SS Marcus Thames - LF
Rob Bowen - C Ryan Raburn - 2B
Eric Patterson - 2B Brandon Inge - C