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Open Thread: Seattle Mariners (41-43, W1) @ Oakland Athletics (38-47, W1)


From sea to shining sea.


Welcome to your Independence Day game thread, wOBAnshees! It's Michael Pineda (7-5. 2.65) vs. newly-undisabled Brandon McCarthy (1-4, 3.39) at the Coliseum as the M's roll in to start a three-game set with our lads, who are fresh off a series win vs. Arizona to close out 2011 interleague play. It's a holiday afternoon game... rare for a Monday but it's too hot for me to sleep during the day anyway, so why not?

I had Warren G. Harding in this one, so I lost big money.

So, how about some lineups? Baseball Press has you covered:

For Oakland:
1. Jemile Weeks (S) 2B
2. Scott Sizemore (R) 3B
3. Coco Crisp (S) CF
4. Hideki Matsui (L) DH
5. Chris Carter (R) 1B
6. David DeJesus (L) RF
7. Conor Jackson (R) LF
8. Kurt Suzuki (R) C
9. Cliff Pennington (S) SS
B. McCarthy - RHP)

For Seattle:
1. Ichiro Suzuki (L) RF
2. Brendan Ryan (R) SS
3. Adam Kennedy (L) 3B
4. Justin Smoak (S) 1B
5. Dustin Ackley (L) 2B
6. Jack Cust (L) DH
7. Greg Halman (R) CF
8. Carlos Peguero (L) LF
9. Josh Bard (S) C
M. Pineda - RHP)

Wow, Ichiro is not on the All-Star team, first time in his ten years in the States... I hope he doesn't take it out on the A's by going 7-for-4 with 15 steals and 8 OF assists in this game. Anyways, I will go get some shrimp ceviche now from the very delicious Taqueria Los Pericos, but I will return shortly to post more threads for you all to VORP all over yourselves amidst the BBQ and bourbon and brews this fine Fourth!

Huzzah!!!! And