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.
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|