Interesting to note that Mike Sweeney wasn’t in the Opening Night lineup for the A’s. Wouldn’t read a whole lot into that. Manager Bob Geren will have a juggling act on his hands getting Sweeney, Jack Cust and Emil Brown regular playing time, and he obviously opted for defense by putting Brown in left and going with Cust as the DH.
As for center field, Ryan Sweeney got the nod. Sweeney was one of the acquisitions in the Nick Swisher trade back in January, so theA’s would like him to succeed. But the fact that he got the nod over Chris Denorfia doesn’t necessarily mean he’s won the job. Also in the mix is Carlos Gonzalez, who was one of three players the A’s declared ineligible for these two games. Gonzalez is battling a hamstring injury.
What would you like to see the outfield configuration look like?
Still 2-0 A’s, by the way. Joe Blanton continues to be stingy with men on base. He got David Ortiz to ground out with runners at first and second to end the third. Meantime, Daisuke Matsuzaka seems to be finding his groove for Boston.