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7/9: Open Game Thread

First Pitch: 7:05pm PDT



Ichiro RF                   Figgins 3B
Winn LF                     Erstad 1B
Ibanez DH                   Guerrero RF
Sexson 1B                   Anderson DH
Beltre 3B                   Rivera LF
Reed CF                     Izturis SS
Bloomquist 2B               DaVanon CF
Morse SS                    Molina C
Olivo C                     Kennedy 2B

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Franklin (4-10, 4.44)       Lackey (6-3, 4.07)

Lackey seems to have made the transition from being a useful-yet-frustrating young pitcher into a pretty good #2; the only thing keeping him from being a bigger name is an elevated walk rate. As for Franklin, these aren't the Royals, so prepare for some potential fireworks. Intentionally walking Vlad each time he comes up to the plate might not be such a bad idea. The good news: we've already earned a split on their turf, so anything beyond this point is just gravy. But hey, who doesn't love gravy?