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DLD 7/12/13: Series Opener Edition

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Links before the A's wage war on the Red Sox.

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Happy 34th Anniversary to Disco Demolition Night!

Christine Brennan wrote a completely hackneyed and unoriginal article on why Bartolo Colon and other steroid users should not be All-Stars or receive any other accolades. Craig Calcaterra explains that the article is mostly garbage.

Personally, I'm glad to see him stay in the organization.

John Hickey of the Bay Area News Group has written an extremely nice article on the Bringer of Rain, our dear friend Josh Donaldson.

Around the A's farm system today, Murphy Smith takes the hill for the RockHounds, while the River Cats open up a three-game series with Fresno.

The Red Sox are yet to decide on a starter for Sunday's game, in which the A's will send Bartolo to the bump.

Today's starting lineup is stocked with left-handed bats in order to deal with John Lackey. Unfortunately, that 6-9 part of the lineup is just begging for a left-handed reliever to come in. Luckily, the Red Sox currently feature just one left-handed reliever: an old friend of ours, Craig Breslow!