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Kurt Suzuki’s return delayed; ticket discounts for A’s next homestand (thank Dallas Braden)

Hey folks, I won’t bore you w/the technical issues I’ve had trying to post this blog, so I’ll just get straight to the important stuff with the game getting underway …

–Kurt Suzuki won’t be activated for at least a few days, as his strained rib cage started acting up after last night’s rehab game with Triple-A Sacramento. He’ll take two games off and try playing Friday for Sacramento.

–Justin Duchscherer’s bullpen session is scheduled for Thursday, not today. Whether he comes off the DL to pitch Saturday depends on how his left hip feels coming out of that.

–Second baseman Mark Ellis and center fielder Coco Crisp are inching closer to returning. Both are scheduled to begin rehab assignments with Single-A Stockton next week. Crisp took BP with his teammates tonight for the first time since fracturing his left pinkie. …

–One last note: The A’s are running a promotion for their upcoming seven-game homestand. “The Perfect Homestand” will include ticket discounts, special giveaways and a ceremony to honor Dallas Braden’s perfect game. Plaza-level tickets for Monday’s game against Seattle will go for $2.09 (as in the 209 area code of Braden’s hometown of Stockton, get it?). Those tickets can be purchased at oaklandathletics.com/perfect, w/coupon code “209″.

Tonight’s lineups:
A’s: Pennington SS, Rosales 2B, Barton 1B, Kouzmanoff 3B, Sweeney RF; Fox LF, Powell C, Donaldson DH, Davis CF; Gonzalez LHP.

Rangers: Andrus SS, Young 3B, Hamilton CF, Guerrero RF, Kinsler 2B, Smoak 1B, Garko DH, Murphy LF, Ramirez C; Holland LHP.

Joe Stiglich