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Open Thread: Game 110 - A's at Kansas City

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Clayton Mortensen. Didn't he do my taxes last year? No no, that's right -- he's that poor kid who was given "swirlies" in the boys bathroom in middle school just because he wore those black horn-rimmed glasses and still got his lunch brought from home by his mom every day.

Come to think of it, I'm pretty sure I gave him one of the swirlies -- sorry, Clayton, that was mean -- and what was I thinking: I didn't even DO my taxes last year.

Anyway, the A's are a whopping 3-0 so far this year against Kansas City and it appears as if Oakland really could have contended this year had they just applied for that "only play against Kansas and Baltimore" waiver they were giving out, along with talent, that day Bobby Crosby was ill.

Russ Springer now barks for the Tampa Bay Rays, Pepe and his "Dallas Braden except for one finger" tattoo are on the DL, Aaron Cunningham is back (but not in the starting lineup), and Mortensen is on the mound to make his A's debut. Against Zack Greinke.

Willie Bloomquist batting 2nd. Mark Teahen, cleanup hitter. Alberto Callaspo #5. And we bemoan Oakland's lineup?


Lineup

Oakland Athletics @ Kansas City Royals

08/08/09 4:10 PM PDT

Oakland Athletics Kansas City Royals
Adam Kennedy - 3B David DeJesus - LF
Rajai Davis - CF Willie Bloomquist - CF
Scott Hairston - LF Billy Butler - 1B
Jack Cust - DH Mark Teahen - RF
Kurt Suzuki - C Alberto Callaspo - 2B
Tommy Everidge - 1B Mike Jacobs - DH
Ryan Sweeney - RF Miguel Olivo - C
Mark Ellis - 2B Alex Gordon - 3B
Cliff Pennington - SS Yuniesky Betancourt - SS