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Open Thread: Game 21 - A's and Mariners Chez Nico

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Oh yeah. Sure a bunch of people said "Ooh, can't make that date," and sure four of the people who confirmed subsequently had things come up that caused them to join the cancellation list. Sure the weather is kind of iffy for a dead animal roast. Je ne care pas!

Trevor Cahill shoulders the pressure of pitching in front of the first Chez Nico of the 2009 season, and he reportedly has a few extra butterflies as a result. Following a stinker of a start 8 days ago and some extra bullpen work since, Cahill will try to get back on track against the team he scared hitless for the first 6.1 innings on April 12th. Jarrod Washburn, a l-l-l-lefty, makes the start against Oakland.

Meanwhile, in the latest turn on the roster carousel Santiago Casilla is on the 15-day DL (when confronted with proof, he will later admit that it was actually the 17-day DL), and Gio Gonzalez has been added to the bullpen. With the Rivercats, Gio posted the following stat line over 4 starts: 1-0, 2.12 ERA, 17 IP, 13 hits, 9 BB, 18 K.

Time to barbecue some dead animals, and then try to win in honor of dead animals Eric Chavez, Mark Ellis, Nomar Garciaparra, Justin Duchscherer, Joey Devine...


Lineup

Oakland Athletics @ Seattle Mariners

05/02/09 6:10 PM PDT

Oakland Athletics Seattle Mariners
Ryan Sweeney - RF Ichiro Suzuki - RF
Orlando Cabrera - SS Endy Chavez - LF
Jason Giambi - 1B Ken Griffey Jr. - DH
Matt Holliday - LF Adrian Beltre - 3B
Jack Cust - DH Russell Branyan - 1B
Kurt Suzuki - C Jose Lopez - 2B
Bobby Crosby - 3B Rob Johnson - C
Rajai Davis - CF Franklin Gutierrez - CF
Gregorio Petit - 2B Yuniesky Betancourt - SS