The end of the marathon

The A’s 28-games-in-28-days stretch ends today with a matinee at muggy Camden Yards. They are is 13-14, which, all things considered, isn’t that bad for a team that went into the All-Star break 12 games under .500. 

Some news on the Justin Duchscherer front, just not the “go out and buy your tickets now because he’s pitching against the White Sox this weekend” type of news. He’s throwing in Arizona tomorrow, 60 pitches. A’s manager Bob Geren said this is more of a crucial step for the two-time all-star, who is only throwing 60 because it would be three days rest since his start on Sunday for Sacramento. The team will have a better idea of what to do with Duchscherer on Friday.

Dallas Braden continues to progress slowly. But as to when he’ll throw a side session is anyone’s guess. Braden’s long toss just “went OK” on Tuesday, Geren said.  

Landon Powell starts at catcher, giving Kurt Suzuki two days off before Friday’s opener against the White Sox.

Daric Barton will also play in a game in Arizona on Thursday.

The lineups:

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

Orioles — Roberts 2B, Pie LF, Markakis RF, Huff 1B, Jones C, Scott DH, Wieters C, Wigginton 3B, Izturis SS, Berken P.

Curtis Pashelka

  • Jan K Oski

    Helllo! Is there anybody out there?

  • Yeah, I’m here. I still say that Duchscherer should be started out in the bullpen. He usually does fine as a starter but then his body lets him down after a month or two. That says bullpen to me. I know he wants to start, but how many times do we have to go through this? I also don’t want to disrupt the young starters’ rhythm as they are getting it all together right now. But I don’t get to make this decision, just put in my two bits.

  • Oski I’ve been kicking around the idea that Crosby could become a pretty good player wearing the orange and black. What do you think? I’m not kidding. larryh

  • Jan K Oski

    I’m about to jump ship, Larry. There’s only 3 weeks till my Bears steam roll the Terps in Strawberry Canyon, and Jahvid Best is more intriguing than the entire A’s roster… But, I’ll take on your question. Crosby would be an awesome addition to your slow pitch team.

    Go BEARS!