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9/25: Open Game Thread

First Pitch: 7:05pm PDT


Kendall C Ichiro CF Kielty LF Beltre 3B Bradley RF Johjima C Thomas DH Ibanez LF Payton CF Sexson 1B Chavez 3B Broussard DH Swisher 1B Lopez 2B Ellis 2B Snelling RF Scutaro SS Betancourt SS ---------- ----------

Loaiza (11-8, 4.70)         Jimenez (0-0, crap)

Esteban Loaiza has put up a 2.15 ERA and a 43/7 K/BB over his last eight starts, carrying the Oakland pitching staff on his back when they needed it the most. Cesar Jimenez has three e's in his name. Matchups don't get much closer than this.

In roster news, Cha Baek went on the 60-day DL with soreness in his throwing arm, and Jorge Campillo got called up just a year and two days after undergoing Tommy-John Surgery. Campillo's been rehabbing almost all year long and won't be back at full strength for a few months, but this is a pretty nice way to reward him for his effort and persistence. And, come to think of it, I wouldn't be too surprised to see him get a few innings tonight given that Jimenez blows as a starter.