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Open Thread: Game 60 (Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Oakland Athletics)

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After dropping the first game of this four-game set, the A's come in today really needing a win tonight. Oakland RHP Vin Mazzaro (1-0, 6.08 ERA) hasn't quite been able to turn his high prospect status into Major League success, but he'll need to figure out something quickly, as he faces RHP Jered Weaver (5-2, 2.74 ERA). Mazzaro started his Major League career last season with four quality starts in a row, including an 18-inning career-opening scoreless streak. Unfortunately, he hasn't achieved a quality start since then, a span of fourteen starts. Maybe number fifteen is the trick.

The A's have had problems facing left-handed pitchers in the past, so it's somewhat of a relief that tonight's opposing starter is right-handed. The lineup is the usual Oakland lineup with one exception--Eric Patterson is leading off. With usual leadoff man Rajai Davis out for a few days with a strained hamstring, I suppose manager Bob Geren really wants Patterson's speed at the top. Um, thanks, Bob. We really appreciate it.

First pitch is at 7:05. Depending on the outcome of the Seattle-Texas game, the A's could walk away tonight tied with Texas a half-game away from Anaheim, or they could be 2.5 games out of first.

We need this.

Roster Update: RHP Henry Rodriguez was optioned down to AAA Sacramento, and OF Matt Carson was recalled.


Lineup

Los Angeles Angels @ Oakland Athletics

06/08/10 7:05 PM PDT

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