It’s Little League day here at the Coliseum with hundreds of little tykes dressed up in their teams’ uniform. Had to dodge a couple of errant tennis balls as I drove into the parking lot as fathers threw a few pitches to their kids and played catch.
The news today revolves around Eric Chavez, who is out of today’s starting lineup with a right elbow strain. Chavez has mainly battled shoulder ailments since the start of spring training, so this is something new.
Nomar Garciaparra starts at third for Chavez, who injured the elbow as he made a long throw from third to first midway through Friday’s game. Chavez was examined by a team doctor Saturday night.
Didn’t get a chance to talk to Chavez before the game, but manager Bob Geren said his third baseman is day to day. The A’s are off tomorrow as they travel to Arlington.
Dallas Braden said he felt fine today and didn’t have any after effects of the slight groin injury he suffered in the fifth inning of Saturday’s game when he broke towards third base to back up a cutoff throw. Braden was pulled in the sixth inning with the bases loaded and two outs. Geren later said it was a precautionary measure.
A’s — Sweeney CF, Cabrera SS, Giambi 1B, Holliday LF, Cust DH, Garciaparra 3B, Suzuki C, Buck RF, Ellis 2B.
Rays — Upton CF, Crawford LF, Longoria 3B, Burrell DH, Aybar 1B, Zobrist 2B, Navarro C, Kapler RF, Bartlett SS