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Day off for Kurt Suzuki; thoughts on Vin Mazzaro

You can tell the A’s are playing well just by the general mood around the team. It’s lighter, guys are joking … This is a pretty easy-going bunch of players in general, so it’s not like they get real salty with the media during a losing streak. But it’s obvious things are going good …

No big shockers w/today’s lineup (why mess with a good thing?) … Kurt Suzuki gets a day off, no surprise in a day game after a night game. With the A’s playing a 20-game stretch with no off-days, manager Bob Geren is looking for spots to give his regulars some rest.

I mentioned Vin Mazzaro’s long stretch of inactivity in yesterday’s blog. Geren said today that Mazzaro is in a long relief role, and that there haven’t been many scenarios lately where a long man has been needed. Plus, Geren pointed out that Mazzaro threw five innings of relief in his last outing May 20, so he wasn’t available for a few days after that. True, but it’s been eight games since Mazzaro was used. If a pitcher (particularly a young guy) goes that long without throwing, it’s tough to have confidence calling on him in any situation.

The lineups …

A’s: Davis CF, Barton 1B, Sweeney RF, Kouzmanoff 3B, Cust DH, Ellis 2B, Gross LF, Powell C, Pennington SS; Braden LHP.

Tigers: Jackson CF, Damon DH, Ordonez RF, Cabrera 1B, Raburn LF, Guillen 2B, Inge 3B, Laird C, Santiago SS; Scherzer RHP.

Joe Stiglich