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Trevor Cahill to start tomorrow night for A’s; catcher Josh Donaldson also joining roster

It’s been an entertaining scene here at the Rogers Center in Toronto, where the retractable roof first was closed, then began to open, then started to close again, and now is open. It’s pretty good weather to play the A’s-Jays game in open air, but there was a nearby fire blowing black smoke toward the stadium, so I think that’s why they were thinking of closing the roof.

Equally tough to figure out was the A’s starting pitcher for tomorrow night. The team still hasn’t made an official announcement, but I’ve got it confirmed that right-hander Trevor Cahill and catcher Josh Donaldson will be called up (this news was first reported by Comcast SportsNet’s Mychael Urban. So Cahill will start tomorrow night’s game, and Donaldson will get his first taste of the big leagues because Kurt Suzuki likely is headed to the DL with an intercostal strain in his rib cage. The A’s will still have to send a player down to make room for both additions.

–Rajai Davis returns to the lineup but is batting ninth, with Cliff Pennington still leading off. Adam Rosales, one of the A’s hotter hitters of late, moves up to the fifth spot.

–It’s looking like we’ll get a very small crowd tonight. There was a piece in today’s Toronto Sun about the poor home crowds for Blue Jays games (though they’re pulling a great TV audience). There was much written in Tampa Bay about the Rays’ poor crowds as well. So the Oakland Coliseum isn’t the only place with lots of empty seats. And speaking of that topic, check out Brad Ziegler’s open letter to A’s fans. Very well-written and worth reading …

Tonight’s lineups

A’s: Pennington SS; Barton 1B; Sweeney RF; Kouzmanoff 3B; Rosales 2B; Fox DH; Powell C; Patterson LF; Davis CF; Duchscherer RHP

Jays: Lewis LF; Hill 2B; Lind DH; Wells CF; Overbay 1B; Gonzalez SS; Bautista 3B; Buck C; Snider RF; Romero LHP.

Joe Stiglich