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Open Thread: Game 105 - A's vs. Rangers

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Well the A's get four more games on that beautiful baseball diamond as we know it, you know, before their roommates barge in next Thursday and make a mess of the place.

I try not to look at the AL West standings these days, but my eyes fell on them by accident this morning, and, wow, 19.5 games out? Not to mention the Angels are starting to get comfy, and why not? They've owned the division for two years running.

LAA's closest competition- the Texas Rangers- are in town tonight to open a four-game set. Ron Washington's club has won 11 of 14, and while it's always nice to see the Angels squirm, no one here despises them so much that they would want the race to tighten at the A's expense. Right?

Tonight it's Brett Anderson for the A's, while Dustin Nippert takes the hill for Texas in an emergency start, with Kevin Millwood nursing an injury. Anderson has outshone his "Next Big Three" teammates, Trevor Cahill and Vin Mazzaro, especially lately; in his last six starts, his ERA is a sparkling 1.85.

Lineups:


Lineup

Texas Rangers @ Oakland Athletics

08/03/09 7:05 PM PDT

Texas Rangers Oakland Athletics
Joaquin Arias - 2B Adam Kennedy - 3B
Michael Young - 3B Kurt Suzuki - C
Marlon Byrd - LF Scott Hairston - LF
Nelson Cruz - RF Jack Cust - DH
Hank Blalock - 1B Ryan Sweeney - RF
Andruw Jones - DH Tommy Everidge - 1B
Josh Hamilton - CF Mark Ellis - 2B
Jarrod Saltalamacchia - C Eric Patterson - CF
Elvis Andrus - SS Cliff Pennington - SS