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Rangers Vs. A's: Friday Lineups

Per Jeff Wilson, Ft. Worth Star-Telegram

Rangers vs. RHP Brandon McCarthy

  1. 2B Ian Kinsler
  2. SS Elvis Andrus
  3. DH Michael Young
  4. 3B Adrian Beltre
  5. RF David Murphy
  6. C Mike Napoli
  7. 1B Mitch Moreland
  8. LF Endy Chavez
  9. CF Craig Gentry

Athletics vs. RHP Colby Lewis

  1. 2B Jemile Weeks
  2. CF Coco Crisp
  3. LF Hideki Matsui
  4. DH Josh Willingham
  5. 1B Brandon Allen
  6. SS Cliff Pennington
  7. RF David DeJesus
  8. C Kurt Suzuki
  9. 3B Scott Sizemore

If there is a game where Colby Lewis can be trusted to keep the ball in the park, this might be it. The Orioles have an AL-worst 6.4% rate of home runs on fly balls. Unfortunately, three of their HR/FB% leaders (Matsui, Allen, and DeJesus) are lefties and playing, and two of the three switch hitters are stronger from the left side. And he still has to pitch in Arlington.

Josh Hamilton is a late scratch, as his wife is in labor. Somewhere, Richie Whitt is angry.

Photographs by jamesbrandon, jdtornow, phlezk, flygraphix, mcdlttx, tomasland, and literalbarrage used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.