Saturday, May 23rd, 2009 at 5:12 pm in 2009 regular season.
Not a ton of news to report before tonight’s game, which starts at 6 p.m. because of the fireworks show afterward.
Jack Hannahan is starting at third base for the third straight game. With neither Hannahan or Bobby Crosby tearing it up at the plate right now, manager Bob Geren said he’s just looking to “mix it up.”
Hannahan is one of the better fielders in the American League, but was 1-for-11 at the plate on the A’s recent road trip through Detroit and Tampa Bay and was 1-for-2 on Friday night. Crosby is 2-for-27 at the plate in his last 10 games after he hit .262 in 21 games to start the season. Hannahan has also had a bit more success than Crosby against right-handers this year, as former A’s standout Dan Haren takes the hill for the Diamondbacks.
For the second straight day, Nomar Garciaparra starts at first base and Jason Giambi is the team’s DH. Geren reiterated Saturday that he is taking it day-by-day with Garciaparra, but would like to use him as the DH on Sunday and give him the day off on Monday. Giambi will likely be back at first base tomorrow.
For the short term, Geren said he likes the idea of playing Garciaparra a bit more at first base than third. Medically, though, there’s nothing preventing Garciaparra from playing third.
Geren said catcher Landon Powell, who hurt a hamstring last Monday, is feeling better and is scheduled to start Sunday. Powell started last Sunday’s game in Detroit and is 5-for-23 in the five games he has started behind the plate.
In case you haven’t seen it yet, RHP Vin Mazzaro gave up just one hit in eight scoreless innings for the River Cats on Friday night. This season, Mazzaro ranks fifth in the PCL with a 2.66 ERA and is tied for fourth with 38 strikeouts.
A’s – Cabrera SS, Suzuki C, Cust RF, Holliday LF, Giambi DH, Garciaparra 1B, Kennedy 2B, Sweeney CF, Hannahan 3B, Gonzalez P.
Diamondbacks – Lopez 2B, Parra LF, Upton RF, Drew SS, Reynolds 3B, Montero C, Byrnes DH, Tracy 1B, Young CF, Haren P