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Game Thread #38: Oakland Athletics vs. Washington Nationals

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The only thing better than a pitchers' duel on a sun-drenched Mother's Day is a finale in the series where your team dominated the first and stole the second. The A's try to complete the sweep at home on a holiday where they have created some magic in the past.

Scott Halleran

Well, it's Sunday. Mother's Day. The game is at the Coliseum. Great things have happened on this magical day, and the A's have already set up the series for greatness. After dominating the Nationals on Friday night on the strength of 3 home runs and Tommy Milone's arm, the A's stole one to pick up Sonny Gray last night, coming from two behind to tie the game in the ninth and eventually walking off in the tenth.

Today, the A's and Scott Kazmir will take on an old friend of the A's, Gio Gonzalez, who now pitches across the country, but still has fond memories of Oakland.

"It brings a lot of memories," Gonzalez said. "I think sitting on the other side was kind of weird, but when you go out there and just enjoy the moment, saying hi to everyone that you took the time to say hi to when you were here. I think it's a great atmosphere, always had a lot of love out here. It's one of those moments you take in at the time, because it will be gone by the next series."

The A's lineup will be missing last night's hero; John Jaso will sit this one out against the extremely tough lefty. Reddick has been slotted 9th, anticipating his struggles against Gio, and he won't be alone. The A's will likely work for every run. Gentry will lead off; Coco is not in the lineup today and is doubtful for the next series. But here we are, and the A's are looking for the sweep!

Today's Lineups

WASHINGTON NATIONALS OAKLAND A'S
Denard Span - CF Craig Gentry - CF
Kevin Frandsen - LF Jed Lowrie - SS
Anthony Rendon - 3B Josh Donaldson - 3B
Jayson Werth - RF Yoenis Cespedes - LF
Ian Desmond - SS Derek Norris - C
Scott Hairston - DH A. Callaspo - DH
Tyler Moore - 1B Brandon Moss - 1B
Jose Lobaton - C Nick Punto - 2B
Danny Espinosa - 2B Josh Reddick - RF

LET'S GO OAK-LAND!