A Brown out?

Lineup tonight — DH Jack Hannahan, SS Bobby Crosby, LF Jack Cust, 3B Eric Chavez, 2B Mark Ellis, CF Carlos Gonzalez, 1B Daric Barton, RF Travis Buck, C Kurt Suzuki — is the same as it was last night, and pretty much what it’s been for the past week.

Notice anybody conspicuous by his absence?

Yep, no Emil Brown again. Manager Bob Geren kind of stumbled his way around a question regarding the fact that Brown hasn’t started five straight games, but eventually said that Brown will be playing mostly against lefties now. Here are his splits going into tonight.

Anyway, it’s not overly surprising, even though Brown is the team’s RBI leader. The man is as shaky in the outfield as Jack Cust, and after a great six weeks, he’s turning into Emil Brown again. Plus, it gives Carlos Gonzalez and Travis Buck a chance to play everyday, and that’s how it should be.

Nevertheless, it’s not every year when a team’s rib-eye leader can’t crack the lineup.