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Open Thread: Game 85 - A's at Tampa Bay

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Thanks to Major League Baseball's continued commitment to making sure fans don't see games, or view footage on YouTube, or pretty accidentally watch baseball without paying for it, the A's goal today is not to "be watchable" but rather to be "listenable"...to...

Stupid prepositions.

Dallas Braden is back from bereavement leave (not caused by watching the A's try to hit), and Braden represents a major positive in an otherwise frustrating season -- only on the A's could Braden's 3.13 ERA be accompanied by a 6-7 record.

For Tampa Bay today, after Jeff Niemann joined Ricky Romero, Brett Cecil, Lizzy Borden, Abe Vigoda, and my Aunt Bertha as "people who could shutout the A's," the Rays turn to righty Matt Garza, whom the A's and Braden beat on April 25th.


Lineup

Oakland Athletics @ Tampa Bay Rays

07/11/09 3:08 PM PDT

Oakland Athletics Tampa Bay Rays
Adam Kennedy - 3B B.J. Upton - CF
Orlando Cabrera - SS Carl Crawford - LF
Scott Hairston - CF Evan Longoria - 3B
Matt Holliday - LF Carlos Pena - 1B
Jack Cust - DH Ben Zobrist - 2B
Kurt Suzuki - C Pat Burrell - DH
Jason Giambi - 1B Jason Bartlett - SS
Ryan Sweeney - RF Gabe Kapler - RF
Mark Ellis - 2B Dioner Navarro - C