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8/7: Open Game Thread

First Pitch: 12:05pm PDT



Ichiro DH                   Podsednik LF
Bloomquist 2B               Iguchi 2B
Ibanez LF                   Rowand CF
Sexson 1B                   Konerko 1B
Beltre 3B                   Pierzynski C
Reed CF                     Dye RF
Betancourt SS               Perez DH
Snelling RF                 Crede 3B
Gonzalez C                  Uribe SS

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Harris (0-0, 0.00)          Garland (15-5, 3.40)

Quote Harris:

I've had a chance to prepare myself for this. I have been lying awake at night a lot since I've been here.

Sounds like he's all rested-up and refreshed. Working in his favor is that (A) Chicago doesn't have a good offense, and (B) it's worse against righties. Jon Garland, on the flip side, has been one of the luckiest pitchers in baseball this year, generating a low ERA despite striking out just 4.26 batters per nine. His .266 BABIP has fooled casual observers into thinking that he's become an ace, even though his defense-independent ERA is 4.21, ranking 23rd out of 52 qualified AL starters. Today would be a good time to remind him that he's still Jon Garland.