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Open Thread: Game 116 - A's vs. White Sox

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Gio Gonzalez, drafted by the White Sox and twice traded away by the South Siders, makes his first ever start against Chicago, hoping to tame the Chisox so that I don't have to try to think of any more ways to refer to the Pale Hose. What does that even mean? A gardening tube that doesn't get enough sun? "Hey, we need to give our team a nickname that refers to a watering device -- can anyone suggest a corresponding adjective?"

Anyhoo, hopefully Gio won't be too amped up facing his former organization because an amped Gio is not generally a good thing. Gonzalez has been masterful of late, mostly featuring just fastball and curve with but 3-5 changeups in the mix. Gio has tossed 13 consecutive scoreless innings, and has a 1.46 ERA in the 4 starts since..."that start."

I'm sorry that I can't post lineups today -- if any other front page writer can do it, great, and if not some kind soul will undoubtedly list them in the thread.

NOTE: A new thread will magically appear at 3:00pm; look for it!