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Open Thread - Game 28: Rangers @ A's

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AN Rule


The cool thing about baseball is that even after stink bombs like yesterday’s game, you never have to wait too long to for an opportunity to redeem yourself.

Win today and tomorrow- no easy task, but hardly daunting- and the A’s will have gained only their third series win of the season. More importantly, it will place them within one game of the front-running Rangers. Of course it would be nice if the Angels decided to cooperate, too.

The A’s wrapped up April at 13-14, and they were the model of consistent inconsistency. Their longest winning string (three) was matched by their longest losing skid. This lack of streakiness prevented them from breaking away from the pack, but also kept them within striking distance for most of the month.

While the A’s pitching would like to apply the same formula that worked for them in April, the bats and gloves are anxious to turn the page. Gio Gonzalez looks to get the A’s back on track, while Matt Harrison attempts to give the Rangers the upper hand in this four-game set. Your lineups:

Them

Ian Kinsler 2B

Elvis Andrus SS

Michael Young DH

Adrian Beltre 3B

Nelson Cruz LF

Mike Napoli 1B

David Murphy CF

Yorvit Torrealba C

Mitch Moreland RF

Us

Coco Crisp CF

Daric Barton 1B

Conor Jackson RF

Josh Willingham LF

Kurt Suzuki C

Hideki Matsui DH

Mark Ellis 2B

Andy LaRoche 3B

Cliff Pennington SS