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DLD 6/4/13 - Angel Tears Edition

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Your Daily Link Dump before the A's play Game 2 of their three-game set at Miller Park.

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Jay Jaffe of Sports Illustrated writes about the A's recent hot streak, but questions their ability to beat quality competition.

Not that it matters much, but the new power rankings from Sports Illustrated puts the A's at sixth, up five spots from last week.

The River Cats fell to Tacoma last night, 2-1 in 14 innings. Nakajima played third for all 14 innings. The infield was rounded out with Parrino at short, Weeks at second and Barton at first.

Dave Cameron puts the Astros' sweep of the slegnA into perspective.

Jeff Sullivan looks at Chris Davis' ridiculous power. The article does have a bit to do with the A's, I promise. In fact, I saw the A's part of the article first-hand, from section 218.

After AL All-Star voting updates came out yesterday, here's a look at the NL side.

Although already mentioned by Alex Hall, here it is again: Milton Bradley faces lengthy jail time for spousal abuse. Thoughts go out to his family.

What's this? Another former Angel prospect?

Remember when more than a few AN members were calling for a trade for Asdrubal Cabrera? Not only has he put together a mediocre campaign so far, he's headed to the DL.

Once again, Rich Harden has injury problems. If he is ready towards the end of the season, he could make an appearance at the Coliseum. The Twins make their lone trip to Oakland from September 20-22, the final home series of the year.

Grant Brisbee takes a look at how the A's have done so far and why they've done so well.

Rob Neyer looks at Josh Hamilton's prolonged struggles.

Josh Reddick had a little slip-up at Houston.

Brett Anderson, twitter extraordinaire.

The Nationals are making a few moves involving former A's.

Mike Bauman checks in with a good piece on the A's pitching.

Bob Rose gives some awesome insight on Bartolo. #BARTOLOSMASH

Bob Geren's son, a catcher at Princeton, is draft-eligible. Maybe sniffing his finger is one of his signals when he calls pitches.

On this day a year ago, Jarrod Parker absolutely dominated the Rangers in the best start of his career.

While the A's haven't tweeted today's lineup, it's been posted to other social networks and aside from Griffin starting and batting ninth, it's exactly the same as yesterday. UPDATE: here's your official lineup.