A’s pre-game notes for Friday

The atmosphere at the ballbark is electric as Interleague play begins tonight with the Arizona Diamondbacks coming to the Oakland Coliseum.

Actually, everything looks the same as always. If I had to guess, I’d say there will be between 13,000-15,000 people here.

Not a ton of news from the A’s clubhouse. As expected, Nomar Garciaparra was activated from the DL and will play first base today. Garciaparra has been out with a strained right calf since April 29. A’s manager Bob Geren said Garciaparra’s availability will be determined on a day-to-day basis after he consults with the veteran infielder and the A’s medical staff.

With Garciaparra coming off the DL, pitcher Chris Schroder was optioned to Sacramento, leaving the A’s with 12 pitchers again.  

Geren said Justin Duchscherer was in good spirits after the right-hander threw 15 pitches off of flat ground on Thursday. Duchscherer will be on a “five-day cycle” which means today was a recovery day, tomorrow will be a side day, Sunday will be a buildup day and Monday he’ll throw again.  

Right-hander Edgar Gonzalez is extremely excited about starting tomorrow and can’t wait to go against his old teammates. Arizona counters with former A’s All-Star Dan Haren, who was in the visitors clubhouse for the first time Friday. When he was traded to Arizona, Harens’ wife, Jessica, was pregnant. And now he has a  1 1/2 –year-old boy, Rhett. “It’s weird how life moves,” Haren said.

The lineups:

A’s — Cabrera SS, Suzuki C, Cust RF, Holliday LF, Giambi DH, Garciaparra 1B, Kennedy 2B, Sweeney CF, Hannahan 3B, Cahill P.

Diamondbacks — Lopez 2B, Parra LF, Upton RF, Drew SS, Reynolds 1B, Montero DH, Snyder C, Ojeda 3B, Young CF, Buckner P



Curtis Pashelka