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Open Thread: Game 34 - A's at Tigers

One of the phrases I prefer not to be attached to my team is "...trying to avoid a sweep." Yet here we are, with the A's just trying to salvage a game in the motor city. Trevor Cahill will try to do his best Rick Porcello imitation and be a very young right-handed sinkerballer who throws strikes and gets people out. Armando Gallaraga goes for Detroit.

I love the A's and don't know how to quit them, but man the last two games have been hard to be interested in watching. This team is not only playing like horse manure, but it has an entire infield that will not be any part of the team's future, and it is utterly lifeless both on the field and in the dugout. Thank God for Cust and Suzuki.

Looking at today's lineup, the crafty plan appears to be to lull Gallaraga into a false sense of security by letting him get the first two hitters out easily.


Oakland Athletics @ Detroit Tigers

05/17/09 10:05 AM PDT

Oakland Athletics Detroit Tigers
Orlando Cabrera - SS Curtis Granderson - CF
Adam Kennedy - 2B Josh Anderson - LF
Jack Cust - RF Clete Thomas - RF
Matt Holliday - LF Miguel Cabrera - 1B
Jason Giambi - DH Magglio Ordonez - DH
Ryan Sweeney - CF Jeff Larish - 3B
Bobby Crosby - 1B Gerald Laird - C
Landon Powell - C Ramon Santiago - 2B
Jack Hannahan - 3B Adam Everett - SS