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Open Thread: Game 150 - A's vs. Angels

While his teammates of yesteryearday battle for the AAA championship (leading 4-0 in the bottom of the 6th as of this posting), Travis Buck returns to Oakland and he is in tonight's starting lineup. If the goal is to build Buck's confidence back these last two weeks of the season, the A's could have given Travis an easier transition than to face John Lackey. Then again, perhaps it an "If I can make it there, I can make it anywhere" scenario - if Buck has a solid game against Lackey tonight, it's all coasting from there.

Sean Gallagher, fresh off a bizarre four inning, 88 pitch, 44 ball, no hit performance in Detroit, makes his second start since resting a tired shoulder. Strikes, Sean. Strikes.

Tonight's starting lineups:

Aybar - SS
Figgins - 3B
Anderson - DH
Teixeira - 1B
Hunter - CF
Morales - RF
Napoli - C
S. Rodriguez - 2B
Willits - LF

Pennington - 2B
Cunningham - LF
R. Sweeney - CF
Cust - DH
Suzuki - C
Buck - RF
Crosby - SS
Barton - 1B
Hannahan - 3B