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  1. Soaker gonealookin May 16,2012 4:48 pm

    Kinsler a late scratch, stomach virus or some such. I made the correction in the wOBA listing. Not sure it matters much.

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    • Kay Temple Kirk SPWC May 16,2012 4:51 pm || Up

      That’s cool, although I thought nevermoor was the only one who could edit someone else’s posts now.

      \"Weren\'t you already aware the Kay is already writing everyone\'s story? We\'re all just characters who believe we are real. Things make more sense now, don\'t they. Be honest.\"- DMOAS
      • nevermoor nevermoor May 16,2012 4:54 pm || Up

        Nope. The only privileges I took away from anyone had to do with administration (i.e. deleting users, deleting content, etc)

        "There's never enough time to do all the nothing you want"
        • Kay Temple Kirk SPWC May 16,2012 4:55 pm || Up

          I’m cool with that.

          \"Weren\'t you already aware the Kay is already writing everyone\'s story? We\'re all just characters who believe we are real. Things make more sense now, don\'t they. Be honest.\"- DMOAS
      • Soaker gonealookin May 16,2012 4:54 pm || Up

        There are 52 editors on the site, plus nm who is apparently the sole “admin”.

        mb is now listed as a “Contributor”, as is LB.

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    • brian.only May 16,2012 4:53 pm || Up

      Encouraging, thats a big bat missing.

  2. brian.only May 16,2012 4:58 pm

    A) How many loses for the Twins this year 64-98? Over or under?

    B) Vladdy for roughly 800k for the rest of the year, should Billy have bitten? Tire-kicker or Nay-sayer?

    • Kay Temple Kirk SPWC May 16,2012 5:03 pm || Up

      A: over (104 losses)
      B: naysayer

      \"Weren\'t you already aware the Kay is already writing everyone\'s story? We\'re all just characters who believe we are real. Things make more sense now, don\'t they. Be honest.\"- DMOAS
    • vignette17 May 16,2012 5:04 pm || Up

      a) Over
      b) Nope. I barely accepted Manny and I think he’s a much better hitter these days.

  3. brian.only May 16,2012 5:01 pm

    Eeesh- Buchholtz pitches 35 in the first, balks in Carlos Pena from third, ouch….
    BoSox are a tangle of fail this year.

  4. vignette17 May 16,2012 5:02 pm

    Is Michael Young hurt? Have I not been paying attention?

    TBH, the 3-6 is all that scares me. Hamilton/Beltre/Cruz/Napoli is pretty scary though, made worse by the fact that Hamilton/Cruz/Napoli were acquired by the Rangers (or Reds) for little to nothing. And I wanted both Napoli and Cruz. And Hamilton is the perfect Rule V pick.

    • Soaker gonealookin May 16,2012 5:05 pm || Up

      According to Evan Grant via Twitter/Sulia:

      Rangers are sitting DH Michael Young tonight. Young, who has 8 hits in his last 48 at-bats (.167) doesn’t buy into the idea of slumps, but manager Ron Washington has been giving all his regulars time off this week and Young is subject to the same treatment of all the other regulars. Significant: Young, a opposite field hitter, has 12 ground balls to short or third base, in those 48 at-bats. Tells you something isn’t perfect with swing.

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      • Future Ed Future Ed May 16,2012 6:41 pm || Up

        I would like to give young credit for that, but I bet he is just trying to say he is awesome and therefore can never slump

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  5. lenscrafters May 16,2012 5:06 pm

    Hopefully, this is one of those “Barry Zito pitching a shutout at Coors” games.

    • Kay Temple Kirk SPWC May 16,2012 5:11 pm || Up

      That sounds like fun!

      \"Weren\'t you already aware the Kay is already writing everyone\'s story? We\'re all just characters who believe we are real. Things make more sense now, don\'t they. Be honest.\"- DMOAS
  6. lenscrafters May 16,2012 5:07 pm

    LOL Darvish’s warmup song is Crank That Soulja Boy

  7. Soaker gonealookin May 16,2012 5:12 pm

    What the hell is Cotroneo doing on XM? I thought I’d hear the Rangers announcers over there tonight.

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    • WaddellCanseco May 16,2012 5:13 pm || Up

      I thought he was a Rangers announcer

      • Kay Temple Kirk SPWC May 16,2012 5:14 pm || Up

        Aw snap!

        \"Weren\'t you already aware the Kay is already writing everyone\'s story? We\'re all just characters who believe we are real. Things make more sense now, don\'t they. Be honest.\"- DMOAS
  8. brian.only May 16,2012 5:14 pm

    In play (runs)!!!!

    • ptbnl May 16,2012 5:18 pm || Up

      Warning track power FTW!

      If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
  9. WaddellCanseco May 16,2012 5:18 pm

    Two productive outs. Now to make that 1 run hold up.

    • ozzman99 May 16,2012 5:30 pm || Up

      Shouldn’t be hard against that light-hitting Texas lineup.

  10. brian.only May 16,2012 5:19 pm

    Is Andrus double dipping or is that a mouthgaurd?

  11. lenscrafters May 16,2012 5:22 pm

    Any particular reason why Rosales hasn’t found his way back yet? I mean he and Sogard are both bad but at least one has had major league success.

  12. Kay Temple Kirk SPWC May 16,2012 5:38 pm

    I kinda feel like taking a nap. By the scarcity of comments, I’m thinking most everyone else does too.

    \"Weren\'t you already aware the Kay is already writing everyone\'s story? We\'re all just characters who believe we are real. Things make more sense now, don\'t they. Be honest.\"- DMOAS
    • Englishmajor Englishmajor May 16,2012 5:42 pm || Up

      I just woke up from my Brett Anderson Memorial BestNapEver. Give me time to finish this Coke and I’ll be chattier.

      • Kay Temple Kirk SPWC May 16,2012 5:43 pm || Up

        Make sure to use a clean straw to avoid nasal infections!

        \"Weren\'t you already aware the Kay is already writing everyone\'s story? We\'re all just characters who believe we are real. Things make more sense now, don\'t they. Be honest.\"- DMOAS
  13. Soaker gonealookin May 16,2012 5:41 pm

    The full house in Arlington reminds me of 1990 at the Coliseum. With two consecutive AL championships (and one World Series championship) in the rearview mirror, the A’s had just 5 home dates that season where they announced less than 25K attendance.

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    • Kay Temple Kirk SPWC May 16,2012 7:30 pm || Up

      :)

      \"Weren\'t you already aware the Kay is already writing everyone\'s story? We\'re all just characters who believe we are real. Things make more sense now, don\'t they. Be honest.\"- DMOAS
  14. Soaker gonealookin May 16,2012 5:45 pm

    Lefty in the Nolan Ryan seats. Nice.

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  15. ozzman99 May 16,2012 5:46 pm

    MOAR COWGILL!

  16. ptbnl May 16,2012 5:52 pm

    Only 3.2 innings (8 runs, 6 earned) for King Felix tonight.

    If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
    • ozzman99 May 16,2012 5:59 pm || Up

      Like Facebook, FK needs a “like” button.

  17. lenscrafters May 16,2012 5:57 pm

    1/3 of the way through and we’re not dead yet. Success.

  18. vignette17 May 16,2012 5:58 pm

    The A’s have 5 current or converted catchers on the roster. No wonder they suck at hitting.

    Too bad no more Willingham or we’d be at 6.

    • nevermoor nevermoor May 16,2012 6:00 pm || Up

      9 Hattebergs!

      "There's never enough time to do all the nothing you want"
      • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade May 16,2012 6:03 pm || Up

        Trumped by one Melvin.

        "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  19. Englishmajor Englishmajor May 16,2012 5:59 pm

    Oh, so that’s who that guy is who had his picture taken with Amanda McCarthy.

  20. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade May 16,2012 6:01 pm

    Ray Fosse really shouldn’t do Forrest Gump imitations. The comparison is not flattering.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
    • Englishmajor Englishmajor May 16,2012 6:02 pm || Up

      My mama always told me…life is like a package of Dibs.

  21. lenscrafters May 16,2012 6:05 pm

    Donaldson should just stop swinging.

  22. Soaker gonealookin May 16,2012 6:09 pm

    Wellllll…the first 3-1/2 innings were fun enough.

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  23. vignette17 May 16,2012 6:10 pm

    Beltre hit 8 HRs against Oak last year? Damn. And I feel like there’s been 15 infield singles against the A’s last two games.

  24. Englishmajor Englishmajor May 16,2012 6:10 pm

    Keeby, Keeby, Keeby. What was that?

  25. lenscrafters May 16,2012 6:17 pm

    Bring back Powell!

  26. lenscrafters May 16,2012 6:21 pm

    Unbelievable.

  27. AV AV May 16,2012 6:23 pm

    just got back from a great swim. feel awesome. now pondering whether i should even turn the radio on. i find myself getting angry about his situation the way i used to get angry about the geren situation. perhaps a FB campaign is in order…

    *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
    • AV AV May 16,2012 6:23 pm || Up

      *his situation = vince’s situation

      *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
    • lenscrafters May 16,2012 6:25 pm || Up

      Don’t bother. I’ve seen better efforts from JV teams scrimmaging against varsity.

      • AV AV May 16,2012 6:30 pm || Up

        the replays show that. but is VC gloating?

        *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
        • lenscrafters May 16,2012 6:35 pm || Up

          Meh. Sounded like he was rightfully ripping Donaldson.

          • Future Ed Future Ed May 16,2012 7:37 pm || Up

            but he does it so self righteously. I really can’t stand it

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            • Soaker gonealookin May 16,2012 7:41 pm || Up

              I’ve never really despised Vince…until the last 7 weeks or so. It’s too bad, he’s a utility player who was moved into a starting role and placed in a position to fail.

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              • Future Ed Future Ed May 16,2012 7:44 pm || Up

                I feel the same way, he was not as good as others, but endearing in his own way.

                Now I listen to the opposing team for his innings

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  28. vignette17 May 16,2012 6:25 pm

    So infield hit, 2nd row HR, infield hit, K, walk, wild pitch, flyout, infield hit, hit into hole. Great.

  29. lenscrafters May 16,2012 6:30 pm

    Strange how the other team doesn’t seem to have problems fielding ground balls.

  30. vignette17 May 16,2012 6:32 pm

    So 8 infield hits against the A’s last two days. Plus how many just in the hole?

  31. Future Ed Future Ed May 16,2012 6:34 pm

    Since I have to complain about vince at least once, he just made some reference to robinson cano. He implyed he was the gold standard of 2nd base people

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    • WaddellCanseco May 16,2012 6:39 pm || Up

      Is that very far off? It’s basically Pedroia and Cano at the top of the hill nowadays, no? Kinsler and Zobrist are in the picture as well.

      • Future Ed Future Ed May 16,2012 7:38 pm || Up

        I think zobrist and kinsler are far better. Cano as I recall has one year above average.

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  32. AV AV May 16,2012 7:16 pm

    “that would have been spectacular.”

    SEE? i turn it on for one sec and he’s hyping some play that didn’t even happen.

    *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
  33. brian.only May 16,2012 7:17 pm

    Well, looks like we’re not catching any breaks tonight, they’re being caught by outfielders…

  34. Englishmajor Englishmajor May 16,2012 7:20 pm

    All right, Yu’s gone, let’s do this.

  35. Englishmajor Englishmajor May 16,2012 7:29 pm

    MOUTHGUARD POWER

  36. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade May 16,2012 7:49 pm

    The A’s did not do much to make game # 38 Special.

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    • nevermoor nevermoor May 16,2012 7:53 pm || Up

      It’s concealed.

      "There's never enough time to do all the nothing you want"
    • Soaker gonealookin May 16,2012 7:59 pm || Up

      Somehow I’m glad 38 Special had to be used for a game when Night Ranger could easily have slid in to take their place.

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    • AV AV May 16,2012 8:33 pm || Up

      i’m sad that i can’t put any apropos links here because the only 38 special song i know has the word “caught” in the title.

      *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
      • Kay Temple Kirk SPWC May 16,2012 9:03 pm || Up

        nice

        \"Weren\'t you already aware the Kay is already writing everyone\'s story? We\'re all just characters who believe we are real. Things make more sense now, don\'t they. Be honest.\"- DMOAS
  37. mother pucker May 16,2012 8:05 pm

    For me personally, the best item of note tonight regarding the A’s was this blurb from Goldstein re: Dan Straily (whom I did not know existed prior to reading):

    It’s taken scouts a long time to warm up to Straily. As a 24th-round pick in 2009 out of Marshall, Straily began his career as an “org player,” but he has struck out about a batter per inning at every level. He has upped the ante in his first taste of the upper levels with 52 strikeouts in his first 40 1/3 Double-A innings, and scouts are impressed with the stuff he’s missing bats with.

    With a 91-93 mph fastball that can touch 94, Straily throws strikes to set up two quality secondary pitches: a plus changeup that neutralizes left-handed hitters, and a slider that gives righties fits. With a big frame and simple mechanics, he’s looking more and more like the rare late pick who can start in the big leagues.

    • Soaker gonealookin May 16,2012 8:12 pm || Up

      Looking back through the prospect polls it seems that PT was the only FKer who ever voted for Straily.

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  38. Future Ed Future Ed May 16,2012 8:26 pm

    I am not upset about Milone’s performance. It was adequate

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      • ptbnl May 16,2012 8:53 pm || Up

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  39. James V. JamesV May 16,2012 8:50 pm

    This lineup’s done about what you could have expected it to the last two games.

    • AV AV May 16,2012 9:03 pm || Up

      yeah, when’s cespedes coming back?

      *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
  40. whiteshoes40 May 16,2012 10:13 pm

    Welp. This was better than the last 2 times I took a group of friends to an A’s-Rangers game; at least it wasn’t a blowout. And there wasn’t a rain delay.

    https://twitter.com/#!/susanslusser/status/202952362384568320

    Yep.

    The list of batting averages by our lineup (as featured on the scoreboard at the ballpark) was pretty pathetic. The people behind me were mocking our hitters… but then again, so was I. Wondering why Wash left Darvish in for the 8th? 7-8-9 hitters coming up, all hitting under .200. Doesn’t look too dangerous.

    Wish I could’ve seen Cespedes. Might have made the game a bit more interesting (though I did have the slightest bit of hope with Gomes up in the 8th. Oh well.).

  41. Leopold Bloom May 17,2012 12:05 am

    So where did Bed run off to?

    • Englishmajor Englishmajor May 17,2012 7:02 am || Up

      Hawai’i?

      • Kay Temple Kirk SPWC May 17,2012 7:54 am || Up

        Shortly. The school semester is almost over for him and he said he’d be back around these parts in August.

        \"Weren\'t you already aware the Kay is already writing everyone\'s story? We\'re all just characters who believe we are real. Things make more sense now, don\'t they. Be honest.\"- DMOAS
        • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade May 17,2012 8:36 am || Up

          Yeah, apparently he’ll be living in a hut made of ti leaves and pounding out his own taro root mush, and thus won’t have internet access.

          "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
          • Leopold Bloom May 17,2012 11:40 am || Up

            hopefully he’ll remember that all for the final challenge. Apparently, they’ve got to create authentic Hawaiian food…

            • dmoas May 17,2012 11:49 am || Up

              I have soooo got this one in the bag. One can of Spam coming right up!

  42. Englishmajor Englishmajor May 17,2012 10:05 am

    Did anyone else grow up with this series of books about children around the world? I did, and it left me with the impression that all other kids in the world were having much more fun than I was, doing things like pounding out their own taro root mush in Hawai’i or polishing up the brasswork on their family’s English canal boat.

    • Englishmajor Englishmajor May 17,2012 10:05 am || Up

      sorry, that was a bit of a reply FAIL to FSU….

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