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Open Thread: Game 122 - A's vs. Rays

Don't look now but with a win tonight the A's would be all of 6 games out in the AL West, after the Rangers scored 6 runs behind Cliff Lee and lost (8-6). Texas has had the August swoon needed to give the A's their shot, but Oakland's 1-5 road trip stopped the A's from really gaining some appreciable ground.

Back home, though, the A's are 2-0 on their current homestand despite facing the major leagues' -- and the AL East's -- second best team. Tonight features a matchup of two of the league's toughest lefties: David Price and Brett Anderson. A's starters have gone at least 6 innings in 19 consecutive starts, which hasn't happened since the 1980 team that had careful pitch limits of 187 with a strict 14-inning limit. (Except the last day of the season, of course, when Rick Langford went 15.)

Banished to the bench for his naughty game-winning hits and stellar web gems is Cliff Pennington, while batting 7th as pennance for failing to maintain a .400 OBP is Jack ".399 OBP" Cust.


Tampa Bay Rays @ Oakland Athletics

08/21/10 6:05 PM PDT

Tampa Bay Rays Oakland Athletics
B.J. Upton - CF Coco Crisp - CF
Jason Bartlett - SS Daric Barton - 1B
Carl Crawford - LF Kurt Suzuki - C
Evan Longoria - 3B Kevin Kouzmanoff - 3B
Carlos Pena - 1B Mark Ellis - 2B
Ben Zobrist - RF Rajai Davis - LF
Willy Aybar - DH Jack Cust - DH
Sean Rodriguez - 2B Steven Tolleson - SS
Kelly Shoppach - C Travis Buck - RF