UPDATE, 6:11pm: Duchscherer has been scratched; Tyson Ross will make his first major league start in his place.
Welcome back Duchscherer and welcome back Cust! Back in AAA is Henry Rodriguez, designated for assignment is Edwar Ramirez, Kurt Suzuki could be back Sunday, Mark Ellis and Coco Crisp are beginning rehab assignments and so 6 weeks in, perhaps the "real team" is finally on the verge of taking shape.
First things first: Duke needs to get through the game healthy and effective, and the offense needs to improve upon its recent pace -- which is 2 runs in the last 30 innings. Noted A's killer but recent "not much else killer" Ervin Santana takes the mound for the Angels.
Be very afraid of any fly balls hit to left-center field:
05/15/10 6:05 PM PDT
|Oakland Athletics||Los Angeles Angels|
|Cliff Pennington - SS||Erick Aybar - SS|
|Daric Barton - 1B||Howie Kendrick - 2B|
|Ryan Sweeney - RF||Bobby Abreu - RF|
|Kevin Kouzmanoff - 3B||Torii Hunter - CF|
|Eric Chavez - DH||Kendry Morales - 1B|
|Jack Cust - LF||Hideki Matsui - DH|
|Adam Rosales - 2B||Juan Rivera - LF|
|Eric Patterson - CF||Mike Napoli - C|
|Landon Powell - C||Brandon Wood - 3B|