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Here we go!

Jamie Squire

We know the teams, we know the pitching matchup, we know the rosters, now we know the starting lineup for tonight's game.

Here's how the A's lineup:

CF Coco Crisp (S)

LF Sam Fuld (L)

3B Josh Donaldson

DH Brandon Moss (L)

RF Josh Reddick (L)

SS Jed Lowrie (S)

1B Stephen Vogt (L)

C Geovany Soto

2B Eric Sogard (L)

Interesting they are sitting slugger Adam Dunn. Sam Fuld gets the start in left-field and Brandon Moss replaces Dunn at DH, perhaps with the A's looking to improve their defense in what should be a low-scoring game. Geovany Soto gets the start at catcher as Derek Norris struggles with a sore shoulder, and Norris has had issues throwing out runners this year. Stephen Vogt is hitting .100/.211/.100 in 50 plate appearances since August 25, so its interesting they're trying to get his bat in the lineup against James Shields.

The Royals go with pretty much their regular starting lineup the last few weeks:

SS Alcides Esocbar

RF Nori Aoki (L)

CF Lorenzo Cain

1B Eric Hosmer (L)

DH Billy Butler

LF Alex Gordon (L)

Salvador Perez

2B Omar Infante

3B Mike Moustakas (L)

Moose gets the start against the left-handed Jon Lester because Ned says Moose has been swinging the bat better against lefties.

Okay, whatever.

We're five hours from game time. I can barely sit still. I can't imagine what the guys in that clubhouse are thinking.