Back for a return engagement of 3 a.m. baseball. The A’s and Red Sox are under way from Tokyo. And I’ll I can tell you is that we have to stop meeting this way. The 2:45 a.m. alarm seemed to come even quicker than it did last night.
Anyway, the big news is that Rich Harden is on the hill. It’s only the 14th time that’s happened since the start of 2006. Please, no over/under bets on how many innings he pitches before he breaks down. No room for pessimism in the middle of the night.
Besides, Harden got through the first inning unscathed. He struck out Dustin Pedroia on a nasty splitter to start it, and after a two-out walk to David Ortiz, fanned Manny Ramirez.
A’s lineup very similar to last night. Baserunning guru Emil Brown is back in there in left field, and his former Royals teammate Mike Sweeney gets his first start of the season. Travis Buck, leading off, swung at the first pitch in the first inning against Jon Lester, the second night in a row he’s swung at the first pitch as a leadoff hitter.
I’ll be blogging until it’s over. Hope I’m not the only night owl out here.