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Game Thread #8: Oakland Athletics at Houston Astros

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For the first time this season, the A's take their show on the road. This is not a bad thing; the A's dropped two back-to-back heartbreakers to end the homestand and could probably use a change of scenery. Tonight, they continue the AL West competition as they face the Astros.

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Happy Monday and welcome back to work! Don't worry, baseball continues this week, although after the weekend's games, that might not be a great thing. It's hard to blow both Saturday and Sunday's games, but the A's did; it's equally hard--nay, almost impossible--to start the season with a 3-4 record despite scoring 43 runs in seven games and only having one starting pitching meltdown, yet the A's managed this as well. On the bright side, it appears that the much-talked about run support isn't the A's biggest concern this young season, and this group of A's is nothing if not plucky and scrappy; they nearly fought their way back from a 4-run deficit to win the game yesterday. If they could find a way to put it all together, we might have something here.

The AL West has generously helped out the A's so far; none of the 5 teams are over the .500 mark after the first week of the season. The A's will face the division-leading Astros in today's contest, looking to put themselves in front of the West, even after a less-than-auspicious start. Let's shake off the errors, the dumb pitches to Cruz, the double-plays, the close-but-yet-so-far feeling of the weekend and start again with a new day and a new series.

Scott Kazmir will take the mound for your green and gold in just about thirty minutes, facing off against RHP Scott Feldman. I love this lineup. Sam Fuld has started so well in the leadoff spot; Canha continues to prove he belongs at the top of a Major League lineup, and Butler is stealing my heart hit by hit.

Here are your lineups:

Today's Lineups

OAKLAND A'S HOUSTON ASTROS
Sam Fuld - CF Jose Altuve - 2B
Mark Canha - LF Robbie Grossman - LF
Ben Zobrist - 2B George Springer - RF
Billy Butler - DH Chris Carter - 1B
Ike Davis - 1B Evan Gattis - DH
Stephen Vogt - C Luis Valbuena - 3B
Brett Lawrie - 3B Jonathan Villar - SS
Josh Reddick - RF Hank Conger - C
Marcus Semien - SS Jake Marisnick - CF
Scott Kazmir - LHP Scott Feldman - RHP

LET'S GO OAK-LAND!