A’s pregame notes for road trip finale

There’s something about Boston that always makes for great cab stories. I’ve encountered some of the friendliest and chattiest cabbies in this city. This morning was a different story. I’m not saying the guy who drove me and the Chronicle’s Scott Ostler to Fenway had road rage, but he was weaving in and out of traffic like it was the final lap at Daytona. I even heard him swearing under his breath. Maybe the guy was having a bad day, or, as Scott mentioned, maybe he saw the luggage I was carrying and assumed he would get a lucrative airport fare. Either way, he got us to the ballpark quick and we survived …

On to baseball …

–It was a pretty slow morning in the A’s clubhouse, with many of the players watching highlights and reaction of the Armando Galarraga/Jim Joyce fiasco from last night. You gotta like the way both Galarraga and Joyce have handled things in the aftermath, wouldn’t you say?

–Jack Cust, who has yet to homer since being called up May 15, could use a breakout game. Manager Bob Geren is hopeful today could be it. Cust is 8-for-19 career against Red Sox knuckleballer Tim Wakefield. You may have noticed Boston is playing the “lefty shift” on Cust. The Sox are the first team to do so since Cust was promoted from the minors. Cust beat the shift one time Tuesday, punching a single to the left side. And he tried to drop a bunt down yesterday but fouled it off. Overall, I don’t think Cust is the kind of hitter who should try to change too much. The A’s need him to start knocking the ball over the fence, and homers will beat any shift. …

Here’s the lineups:
A’s: Davis CF, Barton 1B, Sweeney RF, Suzuki C, Cust DH, Kouzmanoff 3B, Gross LF, Ellis 2B, Pennington SS; Anderson LHP.

Red Sox: Scutaro SS, Pedroia 2B, Martinez C, Youkilis 1B, Beltre 3B, Lowell DH, McDonald CF, Hall RF, Hermida LF; Wakefield RHP.

Joe Stiglich