Quick pregame update for you on another very pleasant evening here at AT&T Park. …
–Rajai Davis returns to the A’s lineup tonight, hitting leadoff. An interesting wrinkle: Mark Ellis hits third, as Ryan Sweeney’s aching right knee required a day off. An occasional rest seems to do Sweeney’s body some good, but it’s still a bit worrisome that someone so young is having regular knee trouble, even if it is mild.
As for the A’s upcoming rotation, manager Bob Geren said he’s considering giving both Dallas Braden and Ben Sheets some extra rest. He wanted to see how Sheets fared in tonight’s start. But with Monday’s day off, I see Trevor Cahill going Tuesday against the Cubs, followed by Gio Gonzalez and Braden. Sheets could either pitch Friday or Saturday, getting one or two extra days off.
On to tonight’s lineups:
A’s: Davis CF, Barton 1B, Ellis 2B, Kouzmanoff 3B, Cust LF, Fox C, Carson RF, Pennington SS, Sheets P.
Giants: Torres CF, Sanchez 2B, Huff RF, Uribe SS, Burrell LF, Posey 1B, Sandoval 3B, Molina C, Zito P.