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Open Thread: Game 26 - A's vs. Rangers we have to go back to A's baseball? Can't we continue wild speculation about Manny Ramirez? I have a feeling that would be a lot more fun.

Oh, but where are my manners?

Welcome to the game thread! Despite losing a disastrous game on Sunday, and losing less-painful-but-boring-and-tedious games on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, the A's are forced to take the field in a day game today, as they try to score more than three runs keep Texas to fewer than three runs prevent injuries not get suspended for fifty games win a game.

Trevor Cahill, who pitched well his last time out, will be on the mound for the A's. He will be matched up against Brandon McCarthy and the first place Texas Rangers. Interesting note; Cahill has the lower ERA, but zero wins to McCarthy's three. It's the difference in the offense; I'd trade with Texas. Is that a deal we could make?

Let's see who's playing for us this afternoon:


Texas Rangers @ Oakland Athletics

05/07/09 12:35 PM PDT

Texas Rangers Oakland Athletics
Ian Kinsler - 2B Orlando Cabrera - SS
Elvis Andrus - SS Kurt Suzuki - C
Michael Young - 3B Jason Giambi - 1B
Hank Blalock - DH Matt Holliday - LF
Marlon Byrd - CF Jack Cust - DH
Nelson Cruz - RF Ryan Sweeney - CF
David Murphy - LF Bobby Crosby - 2B
Chris Davis - 1B Travis Buck - RF
Jarrod Saltalamacchia - C Jack Hannahan - 3B