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Athletics vs. Angels: Grant Balfour In Closer Role For Now As Guillermo Moscoso Makes Debut

The Oakland Athletics enter the second game of a four game set with the Los Angeles Angels badly in need of a win. The team has lost a season high six straight games and now sits three games out of first and in last place in the AL West. The A’s recalled Guillermo Moscoso from Sacramento to start in place of Tyson Ross and he’ll get to face Dan Haren in his first ever major league start.

The big news Monday night was Brian Fuentes ripping into manager Bob Geren for his use of the A’s closer. Fuentes has felt a lack of communication has led to his being used in situations he was not expecting heading into the season. While Andrew Bailey has worked back from surgery, Fuentes has worked as the closer, but has been called in a variety of situations outside of save situations.

After Monday night’s game, Geren indicated he had been planning on using Grant Balfour in a potential save situation Monday night. Apparently Fuentes did not get the memo on that one, leading to the outburst. Fuentes and Geren supposedly cleared the air, although Fuentes still sounds pretty steamed. It will be interesting to see who Geren goes with if the A’s can get into a save situation. Of course, to do that would require a few runs from the offense.

Oakland Athletics
1. Coco Crisp CF
2. Daric Barton 1B
3. Josh Willingham LF
4. Hideki Matsui DH
5. Kurt Suzuki C
6. David DeJesus RF
7. Mark Ellis 2B
8. Andy LaRoche 3B
9. Cliff Pennington SS

Los Angeles Angels
1. Maicer Izturis 2B
2. Erick Aybar SS
3. Bobby Abreu DH
4. Torii Hunter RF
5. Alberto Callaspo 3B
6. Mark Trumbo 1B
7. Hank Conger C
8. Alexi Amarista LF
9. Peter Bourjos CF