We’re about 30 minutes until game time here at AT&T Park. It’s shaping up to be a great night weather-wise, which sets the stage for an entertaining pitching battle between Gio Gonzalez and Tim Lincecum …
I’m not sure how much Gonzalez will get to swing away, but he was taking some big cuts in batting practice and hit at least one homer that I saw to left field.
–Pregame A’s news of the day: Dallas Braden had an MRI this morning that showed some tendinitis in his left elbow. With Monday’s day off, the A’s have some wiggle room with their rotation, and Braden said he would likely be pushed back two days and throw Thursday against the Cubs. That would indicate that Trevor Cahill would start Tuesday (still on his regular four days’ rest) and Gonzalez would pitch Wednesday. That hasn’t been confirmed yet by the team, so write this plan in pencil.
–With Bob Geren away from the team tonight to attend his son’s high school graduation, bench coach Tye Waller is the interim skipper. That meant he also got to conduct his first pregame media session. Waller is a perpetually upbeat guy who always has a smile on his face, and he was no different talking to reporters.
Among the newsy bits he shared:
–He expected Rajai Davis (left hamstring) might be available to play defense tonight if the situation arose in the late innings. Davis said he was going to hit, run and do all the standard pregame activity to see how his leg felt.
–Waller said he and Geren each presented a potential starting lineup for tonight, and then put their heads together to hash out the actual starting nine. Mark Ellis gets another crack in the leadoff spot.
–As expected, Kurt Suzuki was placed on the bereavement list and catcher Landon Powell was called up from Triple-A Sacramento. Suzuki is expected back for Tuesday’s road trip opener against the Cubs.
The full lineups:
A’s: Ellis 2B, Barton 1B, Sweeney RF, Kouzmanoff 3B, Gross CF, Powell C, Patterson LF, Pennington SS, Gonzalez P.
Giants: Torres RF, Sanchez 2B, Posey 1B, Uribe SS, Burrell LF, Molina C, Sandoval 3B, Rowand CF, Lincecum P.