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Open Thread: Game 146 - A's vs. Orioles

This sign was marinated in awesome sauce.
This sign was marinated in awesome sauce.

Earlier this morning, some ANers reported logging on and getting a warning about a "malicious attack". I've spoken to Cindi about it and narrowed it down to three possibilities:

1. The rude message Mandi sent her on Facebook about her future in cosmetology.

2. "Clearly there has been a malicious attack on Terri's hair."

3. A negative tweet directed at "super-hottie George Donaldson". (When I said it was Josh Donaldson, Cindi said, "Omigod, I always do that! I mix his name up with George Reddick!!!")

In any event, I'm not here to talk about the past. I'm here to talk about the sweep. The one the A's are hoping to procure today behind Dan Straily. On the mound for the Orioles is "crafty" veteran Randy Wolf. Crafty is a nice euphemism for another word that starts with "cra" and ends with "y". Wolf, who might pitch better dressed up in sheep's clothing, is 5-10 with a 5.69 ERA. He has managed to surrender 183 hits despite tossing only 148.2 IP. 21 of those hits have been HRs.

Can the A's beat a LHP who uses a "slow, slower, slowest" approach and tries to get you to swing at balls? Well, they've done it twice already in this series. Even the 3 little pigs could hold their own against this Wolf, so hopefully the A's can too.

The starting lineups contain a couple surprises, notably Collin Cowgill in (a cow vs. a wolf...hmm...) to give Coco Crisp a day off due to a minor eye allergy, and George Kattaras starting even against the LHP, in order to give Derek Norris the day off following a night game.