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Open Thread: Game 86 - A's at Tampa Bay

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How fitting that the A's get to "86" the first half of the season with today's 86th game of a long, oft-torturous odyssey that is the 2009 campaign.

I'm feeling good because yesterday I made only three key mistakes in one game wrap, first misspelling "cojones" to suggest that Bob Geren had shown a box, then referring to the pop-up Ryan Sweeney didn't run out as a ground ball, and finally insisting that runners get two bases if a catcher stops a ball with his mask, based on the fact that my 2004 Major League Baseball rulebook says so -- who knew that these rules were ever amended?

I'd bench myself, but AN needs a game thread so here goes. Brett Anderson, fresh off a shutout, goes up against James Shields, master of the changeup. Ryan Sweeney is absent from today's lineup, even against a RHP. Interesting.


Lineup

Oakland Athletics @ Tampa Bay Rays

07/12/09 10:38 AM PDT

Oakland Athletics Tampa Bay Rays
Adam Kennedy - 3B B.J. Upton - CF
Orlando Cabrera - SS Willy Aybar - 2B
Scott Hairston - CF Evan Longoria - 3B
Matt Holliday - LF Carlos Pena - 1B
Nomar Garciaparra - 1B Ben Zobrist - RF
Kurt Suzuki - DH Pat Burrell - DH
Landon Powell - C Jason Bartlett - SS
Rajai Davis - RF Gabe Kapler - LF
Mark Ellis - 2B Michel Hernandez - C