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Spring Training Thread #9: Oakland Athletics vs. Los Angeles Dodgers

Good afternoon and welcome to another sunny day in Mesa, Arizona, where the A's will take on the Dodgers. I just returned from sunny Arizona (see profile picture), proving it's never too early to bring an A's fan up right.

Good afternoon and welcome to another exciting day of A's baseball! Starting today for the A's will be Rich Hill. The Dodgers will start Kenta Maeda. We'll see what unfolds as the afternoon progresses.

I just returned from Arizona, where I was able to catch Games #2, #4,, #6 and #7 live, which I will be explaining in great detail in a further post. I'm not sure what to make of the A's yet this early season; although I will say we are likely missing a number two in the rotation. When you take into account our usual injuries (and what happened this morning to Parker, just heart-wrenching), it feels a little thin.

Let's see what today brings.

Here are your lineups:

LA Dodgers

Crawford LF
Hernandez, E, SS
Utley, 2B
Van Slyke, 1B
Ethier, DH
Ellis, C
Thompson, Tr, CF
Culberson, 3B
Noel, RF

Your 2016 Oakland Athletics

Crisp, CF
Coghlan, 2B
Reddick, RF
Valencia, 3B
Davis, K, LF
Butler, DH
Alonso, 1B
Semian, SS
Maxwell, C

Here we go!