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Saturday pregame update

Quick post here with first pitch less than an hour away … Piecing together today’s lineup was tricky for Bob Geren because he wasn’t sure about Landon Powell’s availability to play catcher. Powell walked by Geren as Geren was chatting w/reporters and indicated his left hamstring felt good enough to go, so he starts behind the plate today. Geren really wanted to give Kurt Suzuki the day off with a day game after a night game. …

I’m surprised Eric Patterson isn’t back in center field today, even though he struggled last night at the plate. Rajai Davis gets the start in center. Geren wanted to get a right-handed bat in center with lefty Andy Pettitte on the mound for the Yanks. But if Patterson was playing so well at Triple-A, I’d keep him in the lineup regularly for the first few games he’s up here to see if he can keep some momentum going. Geren pointed out that the A’s will see lefties frequently in the near future. “(Patterson) will play against lefties,” he said.

Here’s the full lineups on a pleasant afternoon at Yankee Stadium. We’re lucking out w/the lack of humidity …

A’s
Kennedy 3B
Cabrera SS
Hairston LF
Garciaparra DH
Cust RF
Davis CF
Crosby 1B
Ellis 2B
Powell C

Gonzalez LHP

Yanks
Jeter DH
Gardner CF
Teixeira 1B
Rodriguez 3B
Swisher RF
Cano 2B
M. Cabrera LF
Ransom SS
Molina C

Pettitte LHP

Joe Stiglich

  • Bob

    Re: “Here’s the full lineups ..”

    In the A’s case, the “filled uniforms”! – (Note- cheaply filled)

  • Bob

    An amazing miracle they didn’t blow that 6-1 lead.

  • Bob

    The good news in 4 days:

    Oakland Raiders Napa Valley, Cal. July 29 (rookies and veterans)

  • Bob

    Re: 14 of the 25 current A’s are at or very near the major league minimum of $400,000 per year. In that respect, this season has been a spectacular success.

    A more telling figure found on USA Today MLB Payrolls page

    Is that Oakland A’s MEDIAN salary is $410,000 which is barely above the minimum salary and it to my knowledge is the lowest MEDIAN salary in the big leagues.

  • Bob

    A more telling figure found on USA Today MLB Payrolls page

    Is that Oakland A’s MEDIAN salary is $410,000 which is barely above the minimum salary and it to my knowledge is the lowest MEDIAN salary in the big leagues.

    nudge nudge wink wink

    which means almost every a’s player makes about the minum