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Big media interest for A’s-Yankees opener; Cahill sent to Triple-A; Ellis, Barton both in lineup

I thought the A’s clubhouse was more crowded than usual with some extra reporters here tonight. Then I ducked my head into the Yankees clubhouse … Holy cow, there were probably more media members than there were players. The Yankees still have a pretty huge traveling press corps, and combined with the extra Bay Area media on hand, it’s quite the scene. I’ll be interested to see how many fans show up (and which team they’ll be rooting for) …

–A pretty nice moment just took place down on the field, as A’s relievers Chad Gaudin and Edwar Ramirez were surrounded by the whole Yankee team and given their World Series rings. Both were with New York last season (Gaudin was traded to the Yankees in August). Playing in pinstripes left a pretty big impression on Gaudin, who said he was amazed at the camaraderie when he joined the team. And Ramirez said he’s still tight with Mariano Rivera. I just saw the two of them chatting for a few minutes.

Some news to report as well …

–The A’s activated Trevor Cahill from the DL and optioned him to Triple-A Sacramento. No surprise there, as all five Oakland starters have looked pretty good so far. Manager Bob Geren said he talked with Cahill about things the young right-hander needs to work on. “Overall strike percentage, we talked about that going up,” Geren said. “A few more ways to combat left-handers — pitching to the inside part of the plate, keep working on his breaking ball …”

–Good news for the A’s, as Mark Ellis, Daric Barton, Cliff Pennington and Ryan Sweeney are all back in the lineup. Ellis had a seven-game layoff with his strained left hamstring.

–Things don’t seem as positive for reliever Michael Wuertz, who told me he’s still shaking off rust during his rehab appearances. Wuertz is on the DL with shoulder tendinitis, and it was thought that maybe a couple of minor league outings might have him ready. But he’s not at that point yet, and he said he’s got to keep reminding himself he doesn’t have nearly enough innings under his belt. “For me, this is about how I normally feel the last couple of weeks of spring training,” he said.

Wuertz will throw again Wednesday for Triple-A Sacramento. “We’ll see how I come out of it,” he said. “If there’s got to be another (rehab outing), there’s got to be another one.”

The lineups:
A’s
Davis CF
Barton 1B
Sweeney RF
Kouzmanoff 3B
Suzuki C
Chavez DH
Ellis 2B
Buck LF
Pennington SS
Gonzalez LHP

Yankees
Jeter SS
Johnson DH
Teixeira 1B
Rodriguez 3B
Cano 2B
Posada C
Swisher RF
Granderson CF
Gardner LF
Vazquez RHP

Joe Stiglich

  • http://www.animalhiphop.com Animal

    I can’t blame Gio too much for a bad inning – But why does Geren keep bringing in Breslow? This is getting tiresome.

    However, it’s not all pitching – 3 runs will never get it done against the Yanks. 2nd and 3rd no outs and nobody scores. Hopefully tonight will be better

  • Joe Stiglich

    There’s been much written about the depth of the A’s bullpen (I’ve done a lot of that writing myself). But I think this relief corps gets exposed a little bit when a guy like Michael Wuertz is missing. Besides Andrew Bailey, there really isn’t a guy you can feel confident will enter the game and get a strikeout when needed. Tyson Ross has shown some nasty stuff so far, but the A’s are going to use him carefully. He’ll continue to get a few days off between outings because he’s been a starter his entire career.

    A healthy return by Wuertz — not to mention the eventual return of Joey Devine — is much needed for this bullpen.

  • Bee Hylinski

    Hi, Joe,

    You didn’t address Animal’s comment about Breslow, with which I agree. He doesn’t seem to have the command that allowed him to be effective last year. He needs to pound the edge of the plate or he gets taken deep. He can’t blow the ball by guys. Do you know what is going on with him? Is he playing hurt? He doesn’t seem like a head case. What gives?

    Bee

  • Joe Stiglich

    My apologies for being so late addressing this … I’ve chatted with Breslow a couple times about how he’s doing. And each time he’s told me he feels he’s about to turn the corner. But he did say that when the season first began, it was tough for him to really cut loose w/his fastball after coming back from that elbow injury in spring training. His elbow wasn’t still hurting, he said, he was just hesitant to really let it go after coming off the injury. Again, the last time I talked to him about it (been a while now) he said he was over that.

    Is he still bothered by something physically? I don’t know. But Breslow doesn’t blow up the radar gun w/his fastball, so he can’t afford to hold anything back w/that pitch. And his location, as you mention Bee, is crucial. The A’s need more from this guy …