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Tyson Ross looking like the guy for Thursday; other A’s tidbits

Quick update for you before Ben Sheets and Felix Hernandez square off here at the Coliseum. We’ve got some clouds overhead, but it’s much better weather than last night.

Here’s the lineups:

A’s: Pennington SS, Barton 1B, Sweeney RF, Suzuki C, Kouzmanoff 3B, Cust LF, Chavez DH, Rosales 2B, Davis CF; Sheets RHP.

Mariners: Ichiro RF, Figgins 2B, Gutierrez CF, Lopez 3B, Griffey Jr. DH, Kotchman 1B, Wilson SS, Johnson C, Saunders LF; Hernandez RHP.

–Bob Geren said he’d announce Thursday’s starter after the game, but I’ll be very surprised if Tyson Ross isn’t the guy. Ross said before batting practice that he hadn’t been told anything, but he threw a short side session as the A’s were hitting, much as a starter would do two days before he pitches. Unless Ross is needed tonight — and the A’s have an eight-man bullpen, so they could probably avoid that — I expect him to take the ball Thursday against the Tigers.

This is a change in direction from Saturday, when Geren said he liked Ross in the bullpen and all but ruled out Ross making more starts. But starting Ross would save the A’s from having to make a roster move to promote a guy such as Vin Mazzaro.

–Dallas Braden was sent home sick but Geren expects him to make tomorrow night’s start, which will be his first outing at the Coliseum since his perfect game.

–Justin Duchscherer still doesn’t have a doctor’s appointment scheduled, but he’s expected to have his left hip examined sometime this week. He’ll play catch to keep his arm in shape until that happens.

That’s all for now …

Joe Stiglich