Tuesday, March 10th, 2009 at 1:16 pm in Spring Training.
Ideal day for baseball here at Hi Corbett Field in Tucson, where the A’s lead the Rockies 5-1 in the bottom of the third inning.
With no DH today, Jack Cust started in right field with Ryan Sweeney in center and Matt Holliday in left. Trevor Cahill, not Sean Gallagher, started on the mound with Kurt Suzuki started behind the plate. Gallagher is supposed to pitch today. Sean Doolittle was at first, Eric Patterson at second, Jack Hannahan at third, and Cliff Pennington at short.
A’s manager Bob Geren said Eric Chavez is feeling a bit better today but is taking the day off from any activity. Geren wasn’t sure when Chavez would resume baseball-related activities. Joey Devine, like Justin Duchscherer on Monday, has started a throwing program of a couple dozen throws of 100-120 feet.
Michael Ynoa, the 17-year-old right hander who had his first workout at Papago Park in Phoenix on Monday, was at Phoenix Muni on Tuesday to meet some of the A’s major leaguers.
Obviously, Tuesday’s game represented the first time the A’s and Rockies have met this spring, giving Huston Street, Alan Embree and Greg Smith a chance to catch up with their former teammates. Like it was in Oakland with the roster seemingly always in flux over the course of the last two seasons, Street said the biggest problem for him so far was getting to know everyone’s names.
“I feel like I’m surrounded by good people from top to bottom,” Street said. “So that’s what makes you feel welcome — the people. The baseball stuff, you adjust to that every single day every single year.”
More in tomorrow’s paper.