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Open Thread: Game 54 - A's at Red Sox

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OK, this needs to stop.

The A's wonderful eastern excursion has turned sour these last two days, but why should we be surprised? Soaker tells us that Oakland is just 87-154 (.361) at Fenway since 1968, which is pretty much 42 years of suck.

So let's hope all of Boston is pre-occupied with some basketball game tonight (yes AN, there are other sports), and that the A's can sneak away with a win and put a stamp on a plus-.500 road trip.

They picked the right guy for the job, Brett Anderson, who is coming off six-innings of shutout ball in Detroit. He also spun a complete-game two-hit shutout at Fenway last July 6, so clearly the Most Interesting Tweeter in the World is oblivious to any hexes, real or imagined, in these parts.

But the way things have gone so far this series, perhaps Anderson would be better off letting the Red Sox get a head start, being that the A's have come up short despite taking early leads.

Boston counters with knuckleballer Tim Wakefield.

We're a third of the way through after today. Let's get this one and come back home for some Twinkies.

Your lineups:

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Oakland Athletics @ Boston Red Sox

06/03/10 10:35 AM PDT

Oakland Athletics Boston Red Sox
Rajai Davis - CF Marco Scutaro - SS
Daric Barton - 1B Dustin Pedroia - 2B
Ryan Sweeney - RF Victor Martinez - C
Kurt Suzuki - C Kevin Youkilis - 1B
Jack Cust - DH Adrian Beltre - 3B
Kevin Kouzmanoff - 3B Mike Lowell - DH
Gabe Gross - LF Darnell McDonald - CF
Mark Ellis - 2B Bill Hall - RF
Cliff Pennington - SS Jeremy Hermida - LF