Friday, June 24, 2011

Athletics at Phillies: June 24th through June 26th

Citizens Bank Park - Philadelphia, PA
Friday and Saturday 7:05, Sunday 1:35

Athletics 34-42, 4th Place in A.L. West, 6 games behind the Rangers
Phillies 47-29, 1st Place in N.L. East, 4 games ahead of the Braves

First Game:  I believe I've read where the old Philadelphia Athletics would occasionally scrimmage against the Phillies in exhibition games, but maybe I've made that up in my head.

The first time these two teams officially squared off was back on June 6, 2003, when the A's defeated the Phils, 7-4.  Brett Myers was roughed up for five runs in four innings for the loss.  Jimmy Rollins had three hits for the Phils and Placido Polanco hit a solo home run in the ninth.  Overall, the Phillies are 4-5 against the A's.

Meet the A's: Manager - Bob Melvin took over the team on June 9th, following the dismissal of Bob Geren
Starters - Kurt Suzuki (c), Conor Jackson (1b), Jemile Weeks (2b), Scott Sizemore (3b), Cliff Pennington (ss), Ryan Sweeney (lf), Coco Crisp (cf), David DeJesus (rf), Hideki Matsui (dh)
Rotation - Gio Gonzalez (lhp), Graham Godfrey (rhp), Guillermo Moscoso (rhp), Trevor Cahill (rhp), Josh Outman (lhp)
Bench - Landon Powell (c), Mark Ellis (inf), Adam Rosales (inf), Chris Carter (of)
Closer - Brian Fuentes (lhp)
Bullpen - Andrew Bailey (rhp), Grant Balfour (rhp), Craig Breslow (lhp), Joey Devine (rhp), Michael Wuertz (rhp), Brad Ziegler (rhp)
Disabled List - Brett Anderson (lhp), Dallas Braden (lhp), Rich Harden (rhp), Brandon McCarthy (rhp), Tyson Ross (rhp), Josh Willingham (lf)

At the Ballpark:  There's a pre-game Sound of Philadelphia concert scheduled tonight.  On Sunday, former Philadelphia Athletic (and Phillie) Bobby Shantz will throw out the first pitch and all kids will receive a Four Aces beach towel.

Athletics Probables: Guillermo Moscoso (2-3, 3.30), Trevor Cahill (7-5, 3.24), Josh Outman (3-1, 2.86)
Phillies Probables: Vance Worley (2-1, 3.41), Cole Hamels (9-3, 2.51), Roy Halladay (9-3, 2.51)

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