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Open Thread: Game 8 - A's vs. Red Sox

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A very satisfying win over the Red Sox (who are now more like the "Dark Blue Or Maybe Black Because It's Tough To Tell For Sure Sox" if their uniforms are an indication) broke a three-game losing streak for the A's and it was great to see them hang a nice big crooked number on them early in the game. Matt Holliday showed flashes of what the A's expect him to do with the bat for however long he's in the green and gold and Jack Cust continued a very strong start to the 2009 season with another homer.

Reports of Jason Giambi leaving the ballpark hooked up to an oxygen machine are unconfirmed but probable, given that it looks like he's training for a marathon. The A's moved to within 2 games of first place Seattle with, fortunately, 155 games left in the regular season.

In the second game of the only visit Boston will make to the Coliseum this season (THANK YOU), Dana Eveland (0-0, 4.50 ERA, 1.67 WHIP) faces Daisuke Matsuzaka (0-1, 6.75 ERA, 2.25 WHIP).

Eveland's first start against the Angels was pretty average all around but he kept them off the board in five of his six innings. Then the A's staged their exciting comeback in the last two innings prior to the tragic news we all heard about Nick Adenhart the next morning. Meanwhile, Dice-K had a forgettable start against the Devil Rays, coughing up a trio of homers along with 9 hits and 3 walks in 5 1/3 innings. More of that tonight please, thank you.

I'll be taking pictures at Raley Field tomorrow for the late-morning game between the Sacramento River Cats and Portland Beavers, with Ryan Webb scheduled to pitch for the Cats, sandwiched, of course, between Vince Mazzaro and James Simmons. I'd have liked to see one of them pitch but that's the way it goes. Since I had some home-related business to take care of in the area I decided to make a night of it locally instead of driving home only to go right back up tomorrow. It doesn't look like the motel gets CSNCA so I guess I'll be following Gameday or something like that. D'oh!

Next week I'll be over in Reno for a couple games at the new ballpark being finished downtown. Tucson, Arizona's Triple-A affiliate, moved there in the offseason. I really enjoy getting to check out new places and this one looks like it's going to be very nice. If you're curious, you can see a photo gallery here. Maybe some of you will find it worth going to see a game there if you're ever in the area (like, say, at the casinos).

Anyway, go A's!

First Pitch: 7:05 PM

TV: CSNCA

Radio: 860 & 1640 AM


Lineup

Boston Red Sox @ Oakland Athletics

04/14/09 7:05 PM PDT

Boston Red Sox Oakland Athletics
Jacoby Ellsbury - CF Ryan Sweeney - CF
Dustin Pedroia - 2B Orlando Cabrera - SS
David Ortiz - DH Jason Giambi - 1B
Kevin Youkilis - 1B Matt Holliday - LF
J.D. Drew - RF Jack Cust - DH
Jason Bay - LF Nomar Garciaparra - 3B
Mike Lowell - 3B Kurt Suzuki - C
Jason Varitek - C Travis Buck - RF
Nick Green - SS Mark Ellis - 2B