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Thread of Game: A's @ Rays Game 29

The A's and Rays square off against each other today with Matt Moore taking on Tom Milone. Against their respective starters A's and Rays hitters are a big bad 0-for-1 (Josh Reddick versus Moore) as no one has seen anyone else ever before. Tom Milone hopes to recover from a brutal outing against the Red Sox in Boston, while Moore - who also has a Brutal spot in Boston on his ledger - looks to continue to improve. A's lineup looks a lot different than any we've seen this year as Pennington leads off, Michael Taylor hits second and plays right field followed by Reddick DH'ing, Cespedes, Gomes in left, Inge, Barton, Recker and Sogard. Interesting to see Weeks getting another day off, I saw someone suggest in comments somewhere his failure to run out a ground ball yesterday ought to lead to his benching perhaps someone is reading your comments? I know Joe Maddon is all about mixing it up but don't know that with all their firepower, Jeff Keppinger is who I would have hitting fourth. It is almost like a video game has just subbed in Keppinger at third base for Evan Longoria without taking into account the stark differences between the players...

A win today would be a HUGE boost for the A's as they would be beating a team that is best in baseball and also would put the A's above the .500 mark. It'll take solid pitching from Tom Milone, some semblance of hitting from this entire lineup and lady luck to leave St. Petersburg victorious.


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