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Open Thread: Game 21 (Oakland Athletics at Tampa Bay Rays)

The A's are in Florida this afternoon after a flurry of moves involving the DL of Brett Anderson, the optioning of Edwar Ramirez, the calling up of Landon Powell and Steven Tolleson, the hiring of fifty additional MRI technicians, and the summoning of a witch doctor.

We've got Ben Sheets (1-1, 2.74 ERA) taking the mound against Wade Davis (1-1, 2.65 ERA) for the start of this short two-game series. Sheets hasn't been the world-beater he previously was, but he'll try to improve on his successful start last time out as he held the very potent Yankees lineup to two runs over six innings. Wade Davis isn't very well known around baseball, as he only made his major league debut last year, but he has been quite the pitcher in his short time in the majors.

In other injury news, Daric Barton will play with a small finger fracture, and Kurt Suzuki is still out with a sore side. Both injuries don't seem to be DL-worthy at this point, although I wouldn't be surprised if both of them spontaneously combusted before the seventh inning stretch.



Oakland Athletics @ Tampa Bay Rays

04/27/10 4:10 PM PDT

Oakland Athletics Tampa Bay Rays
Cliff Pennington - SS Jason Bartlett - SS
Daric Barton - 1B Carl Crawford - LF
Ryan Sweeney - RF Ben Zobrist - RF
Eric Chavez - DH Evan Longoria - 3B
Kevin Kouzmanoff - 3B Carlos Pena - 1B
Gabe Gross - CF B.J. Upton - CF
Landon Powell - C Pat Burrell - DH
Eric Patterson - LF John Jaso - C
Adam Rosales - 2B Reid Brignac - 2B