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Gameday Thread: O's (16-16) @ A's (20-14)

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Today's Starting Pitchers GS IP ERA WHIP BAA BB K W-L
Brian Burres - LH 5 (6) 31.1 2.87 1.28 .237 13 19 3-2
Justin Duchscherer - RH 3 15.0 2.40 1.27 .271 3 14 2-1

10:05/07 on MASN2.

Bur-dog has done a hell of a good job so far this season. Hell of a good job. Duchscherer is someone I've always liked because he was a pretty good shutdown reliever that didn't throw gas or anything, just pounded the crap out of the strike zone. He always wanted to start, now he is. And his first three starts this season have gone OK. He's not going to eat a lot of innings up, but he'll probably consistently do his job.

Duchscherer's career line against the Birds is good, but it's sample sized. Eight appearances (one start) and about 15 innings, he's put up a 2.87 ERA and 0.96 WHIP. Burres threw nine innings against Oakland last season and gave up just one earned. Little bit o' luck involved, but whatever.

Oakland is running out an all-righty lineup, but as we saw yesterday, they haven't done a whole lot against lefties. Blez at A's Nation is a little concerned with that. I'd like to trade him problems sometime.

Orioles AB AVG OBP HR RBI
1 Brian Roberts - 2B 128 .266 .354 3 13
2 Melvin Mora - 3B 127 .260 .312 4 17
3 Nick Markakis - RF 114 .263 .391 6 14
4 Aubrey Huff - DH 115 .278 .357 5 19
5 Kevin Millar - 1B 119 .210 .291 4 14
6 Luke Scott - LF 92 .283 .365 1 9
7 Adam Jones - CF 113 .239 .281 2 10
8 Guillermo Quiroz - C 22 .227 .370 1 2
9 Luis Hernandez - SS 64 .234 .292 0 3
Athletics AB AVG OBP HR RBI
1 Kurt Suzuki - C 117 .282 .354 0 10
2 Daric Barton - 1B 118 .263 .367 1 13
3 Frank Thomas - DH 101 .198 .336 3 16
4 Jack Cust - LF 84 .238 .423 4 11
5 Emil Brown - RF 122 .287 .315 3 27
6 Bobby Crosby - SS 131 .260 .326 2 20
7 Mark Ellis - 2B 136 .228 .312 2 11
8 Donnie Murphy - 3B 36 .222 .317 2 6
9 Rajai Davis - CF 18 .333 .368 0 3