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4/19: Open Game Thread

Because every game in southern California should start at 1.

First pitch: 4:05pm EDT



Ichiro RF                   Erstad 1B
Reed CF                     Cabrera SS
Beltre 3B                   Guerrero RF
Sexson DH                   Anderson LF
Boone 2B                    Quinlan 3B
Ibanez 1B                   Rivera DH
Winn LF                     Finley CF
Olivo C                     Molina C
Valdez SS                   Figgins 2B
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Moyer (2-0, 2.50)           Gregg (1-0, 5.40)

This is just the fifth start of Kevin Gregg's Major League career, spanning three seasons. He has pretty good control but not much endurance, so the key will be knocking him out of the game by the sixth inning, presenting the opportunity to hit against "Anaheim"s weaker relievers before Donnelly, Rodriguez and Shields become potential factors. For Moyer, he's currently riding an 18-inning homerless streak that I'd just love to see hold up for another six or seven innings today. His toughest task, obviously, will be keeping Vlad Guerrero in the park, but the Angels lineup isn't otherwise stocked with much power. A well-located changeup that induces weakly-hit balls in play will be the key to this one, because the alternative is seeing "Anaheim" do to Moyer fastballs what it did to Sele fastballs yesterday.