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Open Thread: Game 103 - A's vs. Blue Jays

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Exactly three weeks ago, I implored the A's at least to make some adjustments that would make them more watchable if not also more successful. I have to say that since the All-Star Break, watching the team battle in New York and again in Boston, and then take it to the Blue Jays last night, I have no complaints. None. Rajai Davis streaking (not literally) for second, while a throw is lobbed into the cut-off man, is why I watch baseball. The A's may only be 4-5 since the break, but they are playing better baseball and they are far more fun to watch. Speed creates excitement and energy, and it doesn't go into slumps. Well, when it gets on base, anyway.

Tonight, Trevor Cahill takes a compass, a California map, and a "Trigonometry For Dummies" booklet to the mound in an effort to locate the strike zone with some consistency. He is opposed by lefty Brett Cecil, who shut the A's down earlier this season in Toronto. Rickey Henderson will be on hand to have his #24 retired, but he will only play by way of being channeled by Rajai Davis.

{UPDATE, 5:57 PDT}: The following lineup may not be correct, as it is in conflict with official ones posted elsewhere.}

Lineup

Toronto Blue Jays @ Oakland Athletics

08/01/09 6:20 PM PDT

Toronto Blue Jays Oakland Athletics
Marco Scutaro - SS Adam Kennedy - 3B
Aaron Hill - 2B Rajai Davis - CF
Adam Lind - DH Kurt Suzuki - C
Kevin Millar - 1B Jack Cust - DH
Vernon Wells - CF Ryan Sweeney - RF
Alex Rios - RF Tommy Everidge - 1B
Jose Bautista - LF Eric Patterson - LF
Rod Barajas - C Mark Ellis - 2B
John McDonald - 3B Cliff Pennington - SS