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Open Thread: Game 32 - A's at Tigers

5:05 PM start time. Awfully kind of them to wait until work was over. It's like they know.
The Oakland A's, riding a modest 2-game winning streak, look to keep the bats going tonight in Detroit, as they welcome back Brett Anderson to the starting rotation. Anderson missed his last start with a nagging blister on his throwing hand. He covered the blister when throwing earlier this week, but according to the A's preview on, his finger is now "naked". I can't make this stuff up!

Brett Anderson has pitched better this season than his numbers will indicate (0-3, 5.79 ERA), but he is susceptible to the big inning. He needs to minimize the damage when he gets into trouble. He has also been the victim of poor run support; let's hope the A's can change that trend tonight.

The A's offense will face RHP Edwin Jackson, who has thrown well so far this season for the Tigers; who sport a 17-15 record coming into this weekend's series. The A's still have work to do to see .500; yet they are still only 5.5 games behind the first-place Rangers, who are playing well.

The A's have Santiago Casilla back in the bullpen tonight, which will provide another strong arm there, and he came with a friend! Aaron Cunningham, a Spring Training AN favorite, has been called up (Blevins and Gray sent down), and is in the starting lineup at right field (poor Buck).

Let's look at the lineups:


Oakland Athletics @ Detroit Tigers

05/15/09 4:05 PM PDT

Oakland Athletics Detroit Tigers
Orlando Cabrera - SS Curtis Granderson - CF
Kurt Suzuki - C Placido Polanco - 2B
Jason Giambi - 1B Clete Thomas - RF
Matt Holliday - LF Miguel Cabrera - 1B
Jack Cust - DH Magglio Ordonez - DH
Ryan Sweeney - CF Brandon Inge - 3B
Adam Kennedy - 2B Ryan Raburn - LF
Bobby Crosby - 3B Gerald Laird - C
Aaron Cunningham - RF Adam Everett - SS

Despite injury speculation, Holliday is starting in LF tonight; joining Sweeney and Cunningham. Cust will be the DH; Crosby third base.