8/21: Open Game Thread

Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

RHP Hisashi Iwakuma Vs RHP A.J. Griffin

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When Oakland backup catcher Stephen Vogt came on for the Athletics last night, it reminded me of a Brad Miller story. Because you can never talk too much about Brad Miller, I figured I'd share. Warning: This really doesn't have much to do with Stephen Vogt, so if you're a family member and got here via Google, my bad

I sat down with Miller in what turned out to be his final game at Triple-A Tacoma. He's one of the easiest guys to talk to, super inviting and probably would have talked with me until first pitch if I wanted to.We got on the subject of how he tore his fingernail off and missed a few games, so weak-stomached folks may not enjoy this audio.

Anyway, here's just a little sampling to give you an idea of how competitive, driven and just downright fun this guy is:

Brad Miller

Brad Miller's Fingernail

Lineups!

Seattle Mariners
1. Brad Miller (L) 2B
3. Kyle Seager (L) 3B
4. Kendrys Morales (S) DH
5. Justin Smoak (S) 1B
6. Michael Morse (R) RF
7. Dustin Ackley (L) LF
8. Brendan Ryan (R) SS
9. Henry Blanco (R) C

RHP Hisashi Iwakuma


2. Jed Lowrie (S) SS
3. Josh Donaldson (R) 3B
4. Brandon Moss (L) 1B
5. Yoenis Cespedes (R) LF
6. Josh Reddick (L) RF
8. Eric Sogard (L) 2B
9. Stephen Vogt (L) C


Sounds like Nick Franklin is going to miss a handful of games due to the knee laceration he suffered last night. That's a bummer, seeing as how he was really scuffling but then had a brilliant night at the plate and on the base paths. I have no major qualms with Michael Saunders sliding into the two-hole of the lineup, although I'd have liked to see how Ackley would respond to a move back to what many once viewed as his tailor-made spot in the order.
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