The A’s try to make it four wins in a row tonight, with Brett Anderson making his return to the mound after missing five weeks with a strained forearm. We won’t see Anderson out there for long. He threw 57 pitches in a Triple-A rehab start Monday, and manager Bob Geren said Anderson’s pitch count would increase slightly over that. I wouldn’t expect him to go past 80 pitches. The question is how many innings that’s good for.
Lefty reliever Cedrick Bowers was sent down to make room for Anderson, leaving the A’s with a more conventional seven-man bullpen. … I’m wondering if there could actually be a Vin Mazzaro sighting in tonight’s game. Mazzaro was my guess to be optioned out today, simply because he hasn’t been used in the past nine days. But perhaps the A’s want to keep him around as insurance in case Anderson has a setback. In any case, with the news that Justin Duchscherer is definitely gone for the season, the A’s go into tonight’s game encouraged about Anderson’s return.
Cliff Pennington is back at shortstop, but I’m surprised Adam Rosales isn’t somewhere in tonight’s lineup. Gabe Gross gets the call in left field against Detroit right-hander Rick Porcello.
The lineups …
A’s: Davis CF, Barton 1B, Sweeney RF, Suzuki C, Cust DH, Kouzmanoff 3B, Gross LF, Ellis 2B, Pennington SS; Anderson LHP.
Tigers: Jackson CF, Damon DH, Ordonez RF, Cabrera 1B, Raburn LF, Guillen 2B, Inge 3B, Laird C, Everett SS; Porcello RHP.