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Open Thread: Game 61 - A's vs. Angels

Sorry we were closed today. Baseballgirl and I are insanely busy right now (busy making excuses for partying and being lazy), and the rest of the front page crew's mind-reading skills are sorely lacking.

But here I am, your host for this evening's showdown between the A's and Angels, featuring two lefties -- Dallas Braden and Joe Saunders -- who share good control and veteran grit combined with average stuff and high "hitability." Except maybe on the 9th of the month, when sometimes Braden is completely impossible to hit at all.

It was one month ago today that Braden mesmerized the baseball world, and specifically the Tampa Bay Rays, with a perfect game. It was also his last win. With Rajai Davis out and a LHP on the mound for the Angels, Mark Ellis is bumped up to the leadoff spot, Matt Carson gets a start in CF, while Jake Fox battles Juan Rivera for the distinction of best "big guy with power and few defensive skills in LF."


Los Angeles Angels @ Oakland Athletics

06/09/10 7:05 PM PDT

Los Angeles Angels Oakland Athletics
Erick Aybar - SS Mark Ellis - DH
Howie Kendrick - 2B Daric Barton - 1B
Bobby Abreu - RF Kurt Suzuki - C
Torii Hunter - CF Kevin Kouzmanoff - 3B
Hideki Matsui - DH Adam Rosales - 2B
Mike Napoli - C Ryan Sweeney - RF
Juan Rivera - LF Jake Fox - LF
Kevin Frandsen - 3B Matt Carson - CF
Robb Quinlan - 1B Cliff Pennington - SS