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GameThread #120: A's at Orioles

The A's look to salvage one game of the currently 0-6 road trip with Sonny Gray back in action.

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There's no real point in watching A's games nowadays except from the point that it's still baseball and still kind of exciting even though the A's are way out of it. Two extra inning games at least kept the Baltimore series interesting until game three's 16-run margin of victory for the O's.

The only real draw nowadays for A's fans is Sonny Gray. Unfortunately back spasms kept him off the hill in Toronto, but he is back tonight in the getaway day of the "pecked to death" road trip at the hands of the bird teams. So this one might be worth checking out.

I am not happy about this though. Tomorrow night a sizeable crowd is expected at the Coliseum for Mark McGwire bobblehead day. McGwire of course will be in attendance as the hitting coach of the Los Angeles Dodgers. If everything stayed on turn, we would have gotten Sonny Gray vs. Clayton Kershaw with a rocking Coliseum tomorrow night. Instead it might be...Felix Doubront? Sigh. This season from hell keeps on giving. I can't believe that everyone's rushing him back for this last start of the trip. What harm could an extra day's rest do for him at this point? Why bother messing with our perfect [draft position] road trip?

Well, whatever. We're not supposed to have any fun this season, and we're not going to.

Hopefully we get a gem from Sonny tonight to make the team's brutal trip end on a positive note.

Let's go Sonny, keep up the Cy chase. By the way I have some good news for the potential Sonny win. Your lineup today features Fuld, Sogard, AND Butler. YES

Today's Lineups

Sam Fuld - CF Manny Machado - 3B
Mark Canha - LF Gerardo Parra - RF
Josh Reddick - RF Adam Jones - CF
Danny Valencia - 3B Chris Davis - 1B
Stephen Vogt - C Jonathan Schoop - 2B
Billy Butler - DH Steve Clevenger - DH
Ike Davis - 1B J.J. Hardy - SS
Marcus Semien - SS Henry Urrutia - LF
Eric Sogard - 2B Caleb Joseph - C
Sonny Gray - RHP Chris Tillman - RHP