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Open Thread: Game 62 - A's vs. Angels

Hello friends, count me among the insanely busy, like my colleagues, though I imagine Nico's insanity is more rewarding and baseballgirl's substantially more fun.

But this is not a pity party, folks.

Save your tears instead for the A's who have uncharacteristically stumbled in their own house; just two wins in six games against the Twins and Angels in a homestand that concludes today with one more shot at Mike Scioscia's club, a team that owns five victories in its last six tries against Oakland.

The A's have scored three runs or less in all six defeats to their neighbors to the south, a disturbing pattern that has been well-documented in these parts.

If you managed to break free from the office or the classroom (or anywhere else) to head out to the Coliseum, you picked a splendid day to do so; these are skies of which baseball was meant to be played under, at least in this blogger's opinion anyway.

It's getaway day, though it'll be a short trek for the Home Nine, with a trip across the Bay Bridge scheduled for the weekend.

The A's turn to Trevor Cahill to send them off on a high note. He will pitch opposite noted-Oakland killer Ervin Santana (11-2, 1.50 ERA in 16 career starts).

Your lineups:


Los Angeles Angels @ Oakland Athletics

06/10/10 12:35 PM PDT

Los Angeles Angels Oakland Athletics
Erick Aybar - SS Eric Patterson - LF
Howie Kendrick - 2B Daric Barton - 1B
Maicer Izturis - 3B Ryan Sweeney - RF
Torii Hunter - CF Kurt Suzuki - C
Hideki Matsui - DH Jack Cust - DH
Mike Napoli - 1B Kevin Kouzmanoff - 3B
Juan Rivera - RF Gabe Gross - CF
Michael Ryan - LF Mark Ellis - 2B
Bobby Wilson - C Cliff Pennington - SS