After today, it's "89 down, 73 to go" with a four-day respite that should send us all into classic withdrawal symptoms (nausea, shaking, hysterical blindness, sweating, anxiety -- wait, those are the same symptoms I get for a blind date).
The A's will go into the All-Star Break somewhere between 3 and 5 games under .500, somewhere between 7.5-9.5 games behind the Rangers, eagerly awaiting the anticipated returns of Dallas Braden and Brett Anderson, along with "Valley Hamstring" cripple Conor Jackson.
Who knew that the Orioles would be Texas' waterloo? That Erick Aybar and Rajai Davis would hit the key HRs in a series? That the final matchup of the first half would be All-Star Trevor Cahill against non-All-Star Jered Weaver?
Rajai Davis has earned his way into the lineup even against a RHP with devastating breaking pitches. 9 total bases, a SB, a HR, and 5 RBIs will tend to have that effect. Enjoy A's baseball for the last time until Friday!
07/11/10 1:05 PM PDT
|Los Angeles Angels||Oakland Athletics|
|Erick Aybar - SS||Coco Crisp - CF|
|Howie Kendrick - 2B||Daric Barton - 1B|
|Bobby Abreu - RF||Ryan Sweeney - RF|
|Torii Hunter - CF||Kurt Suzuki - C|
|Hideki Matsui - DH||Jack Cust - DH|
|Mike Napoli - 1B||Kevin Kouzmanoff - 3B|
|Cory Aldridge - LF||Adam Rosales - 2B|
|Kevin Frandsen - 3B||Rajai Davis - LF|
|Jeff Mathis - C||Cliff Pennington - SS|