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Open Thread: Game 101 (Oakland Athletics at Texas Rangers)

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I don't know if the A's what have what it takes to win the American League West this year.

The fact we are entertaining the idea with nearly four full months in the books is not only a refreshing reversal from seasons past, but it's pretty darn exciting. That I do know.

Yes, I'm aware that "even if the A's play .600 ball the rest of the way", all the Rangers have to do is blah, snooze, snore. Including tonight, there are 11 games left against the front-runners from Texas, and if Oakland takes, say 7 of them, things can get interesting in a hurry.

Just saying.

Tonight it's Vin Mazzaro taking the mound for the visiting A's, opposite C.J. Wilson.

Buckle up, folks. If the first two games are any indication, we're in for a fun evening.

Your lineups:

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Oakland Athletics @ Texas Rangers

07/29/10 5:05 PM PDT

Oakland Athletics Texas Rangers
Coco Crisp - CF Elvis Andrus - SS
Rajai Davis - LF Michael Young - 3B
Kurt Suzuki - DH Josh Hamilton - CF
Kevin Kouzmanoff - 3B Vladimir Guerrero - DH
Adam Rosales - 1B Nelson Cruz - RF
Mark Ellis - 2B David Murphy - LF
Landon Powell - C Joaquin Arias - 2B
Matt Carson - RF Mitch Moreland - 1B
Cliff Pennington - SS Taylor Teagarden - C