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Open Thread: Game 9 (Oakland Athletics at Seattle Mariners)


Brett Anderson and the A's attempt to further their red-hot start tonight as they face off against Doug Fister and the Seattle Mariners. Interestingly, we had this same pitching matchup five days ago in Oakland. Anderson emerged as the victor, scattering three hits over six innings. Fister was less successful, allowing two runs in his six innings, along with three walks

Former Oakland Athletic and apparent all-around good guy Mike Sweeney is in the lineup for the M's tonight. Adam Rosales is again filling in for 2B Mark Ellis, as Ellis is out for a couple days with a sore left hamstring. And fret not, those worrying about Eric Chavez's health. He's healthy and in the lineup tonight as the DH.

You know what's great? As of this writing, the A's have the best record in the American League. With a win tonight, they can pull ahead of Detroit (after their win earlier today, they're 6-2) and Minnesota (off today, already 6-2) to take sole possession of first place. And believe it or not, we already have a four game lead over both AL West favorites, Seattle and Los Angeles.

First pitch is at 7:10 PM.


Oakland Athletics @ Seattle Mariners

04/13/10 7:10 PM PDT

Oakland Athletics Seattle Mariners
Rajai Davis - CF Ichiro Suzuki - RF
Daric Barton - 1B Chone Figgins - 2B
Ryan Sweeney - RF Franklin Gutierrez - CF
Kevin Kouzmanoff - 3B Jose Lopez - 3B
Kurt Suzuki - C Mike Sweeney - DH
Eric Chavez - DH Milton Bradley - LF
Adam Rosales - 2B Casey Kotchman - 1B
Travis Buck - LF Rob Johnson - C
Cliff Pennington - SS Jack Wilson - SS