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GameThread #101: A's at Dodgers

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The walking dead arrive in Los Angeles waving a white flag.

Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

What's that? Oh yeah, there's still 62 games left this season. Despite the trade of Ben Zobrist earlier today, the show goes on.

I'm sure many in A's Nation SoCal had their tickets to this series already, so they will be there in A's regalia, proud but battered. This is what it is to go to a visiting park after your team has raised the white flag for the season. Don't feel too bummed about it. Now that it's done, we can all muster Josh Reddick levels of enthusiasm for the rest of the season:

The good news is that we have Sonny Gray up against Brett Anderson. That's kind of fun. Everyone bunt. Strained oblique surely will follow. Then umm...maybe we leave Chavez in LA and take Puig home with us? '

Still a few more days to trade! Ike Davis I'm looking at you. Fetch us the prospect equivalent of a dented 1996 Honda Civic with 216,000 miles.

Hooray baseball.

Today's Lineups

OAKLAND A'S LOS ANGELES DODGERS
Billy Burns - CF Joc Pederson - CF
Marcus Semien - SS Howie Kendrick - 2B
Brett Lawrie - 3B Adrian Gonzalez - 1B
Billy Butler - 1B Yasmani Grandal - C
Jake Smolinski - LF Yasiel Puig - RF
Josh Reddick - RF Andre Ethier - LF
Josh Phegley - C Alberto Callaspo - 3B
Eric Sogard - 2B Jimmy Rollins - SS
Sonny Gray - RHP Brett Anderson - LHP

In all honesty though, there are still some fun and interesting players to watch. The A's will lose more often than they will win, but they were already doing that with Kazmir, Clippard and Zobrist. So, let's see if 1) we have something real in Smolinski, 2) Butler can end his season as an above-average hitter, 3) Billy Burns continues his amazing rookie campaign, and 4) Marcus Semien remembers how to hit again. It's A's baseball, and we're here, so what the hell, might as well enjoy it.