Quick update before the A’s-Orioles series opener here at Camden Yards, which just might be my favorite American League ballpark. There’s nothing fancy about the place, it’s just a classy-looking joint. …
–Coco Crisp was a late scratch in the A’s lineup. This mystery has been unfolding right up until game time. Manager Bob Geren held off on posting a lineup until after Crisp took BP. Then the team announced that Crisp was leading off and playing center, and we just heard about 15 minutes before first pitch that Crisp was scratched. Crisp says he has an intercostal (rib cage) injury, but he had trouble describing it to me, and sounded unsure about how he even hurt himself. But it happened Saturday. He said the pain is centered on his right side. From what I saw during BP, the switch-hitting Crisp only took swings from the left side of the plate. Not sure if his injury hurts him more hitting from one side or the other. He also shagged flies, but we weren’t able to talk to him after BP. There should be more information available after the game.
–Brett Anderson will join the A’s for tomorrow’s game, Geren said. The lefty will throw a bullpen session tomorrow and if that goes well, he’ll come off the DL and start Saturday in Detroit. He threw three innings last night for Triple-A Sacramento, allowing two runs and six hits in 57 pitches.
–Eric Patterson gets a rare chance to play against his brother, Corey, who’s leading off and playing left field for Baltimore.
–Here’s a reminder that you can follow me on twitter at twitter.com/joestiglich. I update it often throughout the day.
A’s: Pennington SS, Barton 1B, Sweeney RF, Suzuki C, Cust DH, Kouzmanoff 3B, Gross CF, Ellis 2B, Eric Patterson LF; Braden LHP.
O’s: Corey Patterson LF, Lugo 2B, Markakis RF, Tejada 3B, Wigginton 1B, Jones CF, Wieters C, Atkins 1B, Izturis SS; Guthrie RHP.