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Friday, April 04, 2003

Tonight, it's Kevin Appier vs. Ted Lilly as the Angels visit the Oakland A's. Both teams are 2-1, tied for first in the AL West. This will be a pretty big game for Appier, who still has two years left on his contract but seemed to tire towards the end of last year. It's also important, of course, for the Angels to establish themselves early with all these intra-division games; no one expect that they can get off to another 6-14 start and still make the playoffs. Fortunately, the A's used Hudson, Mulder, and Zito against the Mariners, so we'll be facing Lilly and Halama - who are no slouches either, but definitely beatable - before getting Hudson for the Sunday game (which will be on ESPN). Saturday's contest will feature Jarrod Washburn's first start of the season, which was pushed back due to a shoulder injury he sustained during spring training. We should see three excellent games.