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A few tidbits from the Coliseum on what’s shaping up to be an almost perfect night for baseball. And fireworks, I guess.

It’s reunion day here and Matt Holliday just finished catching up with some of his former teammates, as did Carlos Gonzalez, Alan Embree and Huston Street. We chatted a bit with Gonzalez before the game and he hopes he’s found a home with the Rockies (more in tomorrow’s paper).  

Wonder what kind of reception Street will get should he enter tonight’s game? Well, actually, that might be fairly predictable.   

Second baseman Mark Ellis is scheduled to end his rehab stint in Sacramento tonight and join the A’s this weekend. Manager Bob Geren said he will insert Ellis at second base on Sunday, the first day he’s eligible to be reinstated. After Thursday, Ellis was 6-for-33 at the plate in nine starts for the River Cats. Geren said Adam Kennedy will play either third or first that day. Tough to keep Kennedy out of the lineup when he’s hitting .298 with an OBP of .368, both team bests.

With an MRI in tow, lefty Josh Outman will travel to the great state of Alabama to visit Dr. James Andrews. Geren said Andrews has not seen the MRI of Outman’s left elbow, and will examine the patient either Monday night or Tuesday morning.

Geren said right-hander Justin Duchscherer will see a doctor in Arizona on Tuesday to see if he can get cleared to begin throwing again. Duchscherer has been out of action for the last week or so because of back soreness.

Geren said Brett Anderson is feeling OK and merely determined that the prized young lefty needed a couple of extra days of rest after inflammation cropped up in his left bicep. It appears Anderson will still start on Monday.

Geren said Thursday Eric Chavez is feeling OK after he had back surgery on Tuesday. They communicated via text message.

The lineups:

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

Rockies – Fowler CF, Spilborghs LF, Helton 1B, Atkins DH, Hawpe RF, Tolowitzki SS, Iannetta C, Stewart 3B, Barmes 2B, Hammel P.

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