There’s more pregame news to report as I watch the A’s and Giants wives/girlfriends play a softball game on the field here at AT&T Park. The shortstop for the A’s team has hit an inside-the-park homer and turned a few nice plays at shortstop. She was introduced as “Mia Garciaparra,” but you would know her better as two-time Gold Medal-winning soccer player Mia Hamm. She and Nomar Garciaparra have been married since 2003. I’d call that a ringer for the A’s squad, wouldn’t you??
Outfielder Travis Buck was activated from the disabled list and then immediately optioned to Triple-A Sacramento. Part of that is because the A’s are playing interleague games without a DH on the current road trip, and Jack Cust will be seeing most of the time in right field. Buck went 5-for-14 with a homer in five rehab games with Triple-A Sacramento. I’m a little surprised the A’s wouldn’t bring him back up. Chris Denorfia is on the big league roster right now, and perhaps the A’s like Denorfia better as a late-inning situational type guy (pinch-running, defense, etc.)
You’ll notice today’s lineup also is radically different, with Orlando Cabrera dropped down from leadoff to seventh, Adam Kennedy now batting leadoff and Jack Cust moving into the No. 2 spot. “(Cabrera) had a great season last year in the leadoff spot, but right now he just doesn’t have the average where he wants it,” A’s manager Bob Geren said. “Getting him down in the lineup might get him in some run-producing situations and (improve his) contact.”