A’s-Royals pre game notes

It’s about 85 degrees and the humidity’s around 75 percent. In other words, just another day in the great town of Kansas City, Mo.

The news of Jason Giambi’s release is still the big topic of the day. His agent, Arn Tellem, confirmed that Giambi would like to continue playing, and A’s second baseman Mark Ellis didn’t have any doubt that Giambi can still contribute if he’s put in the right situation. But where that might be is anyone’s guess.

Tommy Everidge, as expected, is starting at first base tonight and hitting sixth. A’s manager Bob Geren didn’t have an update on Justin Duchscherer, but did say that Daric Barton will rehab in Arizona until he’s ready to play. 

The lineups:

A’s — Kennedy 3B, Davis CF, Hairston LF, Cust DH, Suzuki C, Everidge 1B, Sweeney RF, Ellis 2B, Pennington SS, Mazzaro P.

Royals — DeJesus LF, Anderson CF, Butler 1B, Pena C, Callaspo 2B, Teahen RF, Jacobs DH, Gordon 3B, Betancourt SS, Bannister P.

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