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Indians! Here Dey Come!

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Laissez les bon temps rouler!

Bienvenue à tous! Today it's Mardi Gras in August as the A's escape the rainy plains of the Eastern mains to travel to Cleveland for the start of a four-game fête with the Tribe, who sit at .500, 6 1/2 behind the Tigers in the AL Central. The A's are also in third place, albeit about 74 games further off the pace in the AL West.

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The A's send second-half stalwart Brandon McCarthy, winner of all but one of his post-ASB starts and the A's most effective arm since the break, to be opposed by David Huff... presumably because the other half of their classic-soul songwriting team was still stuck in Philadelphia amid the rainy weather.

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You're probably wondering who else is playing (and whether Brandon Allen will hit a HR all the way to Kent State campus), so here are the lineups for today's game:

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1. Jemile Weeks (S) 2B
2. Coco Crisp (S) CF
3. Hideki Matsui (L) DH
4. Josh Willingham (R) LF
5. Brandon Allen (L) 1B
6. Conor Jackson (R) RF
7. Kurt Suzuki (R) C
8. Cliff Pennington (S) SS
9. Scott Sizemore (R) 3B

OK, I am writing this at 2:30 pm and I'm gonna go get some tostadas de ceviche for lunch right now, but I will be back at game time... meanwhile enjoy the colorful pictures of the Mardi Gras Indians (a New Orleans tradition) and this song by Gamble & Huff which people will still be bumping 1000s of years from now because it's really just that excellent.

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Current Series

4 game series vs Indians @ Progressive Field

Oakland Athletics
@ Cleveland Indians

Monday, Aug 29, 2011, 4:05 PM PDT
Progressive Field

Brandon McCarthy vs David Huff

Clear. Winds blowing from left to right field at 5-10 m.p.h. Game time temperature around 70.

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