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Game Thread #103: A's at Texas

"Gray and Blue go well together, right?"
"Gray and Blue go well together, right?"
Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

If last night's game had been a horse, yes I would have shot it. Had it been an elderly lady I would not have helped it to cross the street. Had it been a sandwich I would have sent it back and had it been a set of files I would have "deleted all". I think you get the point.

Today is a brand new day. The birds are chirping (we'll see if they're still chirping in 3 hours), the weather is beautiful (unless you happen to be in Arlington, in which case it happens to be oppressively hot), and the Sonny Grays are itching to get the A's back on track.

He tends to. Gray is 8-1 when following an Oakland loss and he will try to play "stopper" again this evening. Apparently the Rangers are feeling a bit Tepesch, which makes sense for a team that has been nicked up all year. The A's enter play 2 games up on the Angels, who face Justin Verlander and the Tigers later this evening behind the footwear-producing stylings of Matt Shoemaker.

Jed Lowrie has the day off, but otherwise it's more of a typical Oakland lineup with Coco Crisp back in CF, Yoenis Cespedes in LF, and the somewhat hobbled (foot) Stephen Vogt at DH.

The lineups:

Today's Lineups

Coco Crisp - CF Shin-Soo Choo - DH
John Jaso - C Elvis Andrus - SS
Yoenis Cespedes - LF Alex Rios - RF
Brandon Moss - 1B Adrian Beltre - 3B
Josh Donaldson - 3B Jim Adduci - LF
Stephen Vogt - DH J.P. Arencibia - 1B
Josh Reddick - RF Leonys Martin - CF
Nick Punto - SS Robinson Chirinos - C
Eric Sogard - 2B Rougned Odor - 2B
Sonny Gray - RHP Nick Tepesch - RHP