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Open Thread: Game 131 - A's vs. KC

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Another thirty days gone by, another month in the red. Such is life with the 2009 Athletics. But except for May (11-18), it hasn't been so horrible. Three games under in April, and two each in June, July, and August, with one more game left to play before the calendar turns to September.

The last time the A's began a season with five straight losing months was in 1993, the year Tony La Russa's squad went from first-to-worst.

Tonight the A's are back home to face the team from their previous place of residence, the Kansas City Royals, in a battle of cellar dwellers.

Yeah, you're excited, I can tell.

It's Gio Gonzalez opposite Luke Hochevar, and below are the guys who are being paid to hit. And catch. And throw. And...


Lineup

Kansas City Royals @ Oakland Athletics

08/31/09 7:05 PM PDT

Kansas City Royals Oakland Athletics
David DeJesus - LF Adam Kennedy - 3B
Willie Bloomquist - RF Rajai Davis - CF
Billy Butler - 1B Kurt Suzuki - C
Mark Teahen - 3B Jack Cust - DH
Alberto Callaspo - 2B Scott Hairston - LF
Miguel Olivo - C Ryan Sweeney - RF
John Buck - DH Mark Ellis - 2B
Mitch Maier - CF Daric Barton - 1B
Yuniesky Betancourt - SS Cliff Pennington - SS