Let’s play two (tomorrow)

Today’s A’s-Royals game is officially a rainout, with a doubleheader set for tomorrow. First game is at 2:10 p.m. (West Coast time), with the second game starting 30 minutes after completion of the first one. It doesn’t change the A’s starting rotation any, with Dana Eveland pitching the early game and Dan Meyer taking the ball in the second. But this does set the A’s up for two doubleheaders in a three-day span, with a previously scheduled twin bill on Saturday in Baltimore. Five games in three days tends to stretch a bullpen pretty thin, so it’s possible the A’s will call up some extra arms. But manager Bob Geren said he’ll wait to see how tomorrow’s doubleheader plays out before that decision is made.

The rainout also delays the return of Mike Sweeney, who was activated from the 60-day disabled list Wednesday. To make room for him on the 40-man roster, the A’s placed Frank Thomas on the 60-day DL. That officially ends Thomas’ season, which was looking like a probability anyway.

Had I known there’d be no game today, maybe I could have spent a little more time at the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum. It gets a big thumbs-up. Highly recommended if you’re ever in Kansas City.

That’s all for now …

Joe Stiglich