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Open Thread: A's vs. Tigers - Kissing June Goodbye

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Tonight features a game where both staring pitchers would like to forget their last outing against the very team they face this evening.

For Gio Gonzalez, who gets another shot at proving himself worthy to stick around the bigs for a while, his start against Detroit last September 8 resulted in a 14-8 defeat.

Armando Galarraga goes for the Tigers, after snapping a personal 10-game losing streak last week against the Cubs. When he faced Oakland on May 17, he didn't even make it out of the first inning, though his teammates picked him up in a come-from-behind 11-7 victory.

The A's try to close out June on a good note; a win would bring their record for this month to 14-14. Look for a game-saving catch by Ryan Sweeney. Nearly the exact same lineup that scored seven runs last night.


Detroit Tigers @ Oakland Athletics

06/30/09 7:05 PM PDT

Detroit Tigers Oakland Athletics
Curtis Granderson - CF Adam Kennedy - 3B
Placido Polanco - 2B Orlando Cabrera - SS
Miguel Cabrera - 1B Matt Holliday - LF
Marcus Thames - DH Jason Giambi - 1B
Ryan Raburn - LF Kurt Suzuki - C
Brandon Inge - 3B Ryan Sweeney - CF
Magglio Ordonez - RF Nomar Garciaparra - DH
Dusty Ryan - C Jack Cust - RF
Adam Everett - SS Mark Ellis - 2B