Pretty quiet pregame scene today at the Rogers Centre. The roof will be closed, and it’s always a little funky watching a day game indoors. It could be 10 a.m. or 10 p.m., and you couldn’t tell from being inside this place.
–Ryan Sweeney is out of the lineup today because his knees aren’t feeling great after playing four straight games on turf. Sweeney deals with tendinitis in both knees on a regular basis. He had platelet-rich plasma injections in his knees immediately after last season ended to help with the problem. But Sweeney said he could play today if called upon and expects to return to the lineup tomorrow. He’s reached base in all 23 games he’s played, and he’s just four away from the Oakland record for most consecutive games reaching base to start a season — Mark McGwire had a 27-game streak in 1995 and Carney Lansford did the same in 1992.
With Sweeney out, Rajai Davis gets moved up to second in the batting order with Daric Barton hitting third.
–Michael Wuertz turned in another solid rehab outing last night, throwing 1 2/3 scoreless innings for Triple-A Sacramento. It’s looking very much like Wuertz will rejoin the A’s bullpen soon, though manager Bob Geren said that probably won’t be until the upcoming homestand. Wuertz’s presence has definitely been missed in the late innings, so his return should be a boost.
–I have no idea how Gio Gonzalez will pitch today, but he was in a good mood before the game. The lefty likes playing Motown in the clubhouse before he pitches, and he was dancing to “What’s Goin’ On?” by Marvin Gaye before batting practice. Sort of reminded me of Rod Tidwell in “Jerry Maguire.” You remember that scene at the wedding reception, right? …
Today’s lineups …
A’s: Pennington SS; Davis CF; Barton 1B; Kouzmanoff 3B; Rosales 2B; Fox DH; Gross RF; Donaldson C; Patterson LF; Gonzalez LHP.
Jays: Lewis CF; Hill 2B; Lind LF; Wells DH; Ruiz 1B; Gonzalez SS; Bautista 3B; Snider RF; Molina C; Eveland LHP.