Day baseball at Wrigley; Rajai Davis back at leadoff for A’s; Conor Jackson batting second

We get a day game here for the finale of the A’s-Cubs series, and with baseball taking place under the sun, it feels like the true Wrigley Field experience. I wandered down the right field line during BP just so I could get to the outfield fence and touch the ivy. … Had to do it. …

You probably know about the rooftop bleacher sections that have been installed on buildings across the street from the ballpark. Most of them have banners displaying the Web sites where you can go to purchase tickets … www.wrigleyrooftops.com, www.skyboxonsheffield.com, www.beyondtheivy.com … It’s a sign of the times, of course. You gotta advertise. But Wrigley’s such a classic jewel, and seeing Web sites splashed across the front of these sections takes away from the old-school feel …

–Today’s A’s lineup has more of a conventional look that I can see Bob Geren using more. Rajai Davis is back at leadoff, with Conor Jackson hitting second and Daric Barton third. When Jackson was acquired Tuesday, Geren said he might experiment with this sequence in the 1-2-3 spots, with Ryan Sweeney possibly dropping to fifth. But Sweeney isn’t in the lineup (those knees require periodic rest), so that part is irrelevant today.

–Davis didn’t hide his disappointment that he didn’t start yesterday after having a big game Tuesday. He also said if he hits well, there won’t be any way Geren can keep him out of the lineup. (Rajai, in general, is one of the more soft-spoken and humble players you’ll encounter. But let’s just say he’s not lacking confidence in the stance he’s taking on his playing time). Anyway, Geren said this morning he doesn’t have a problem with Davis’ line of thinking. “I like guys that are confident,” the manager said. “I like guys that want to play.”

Enough rambling, here’s the lineups:

A’s: Davis CF, Jackson LF, Barton 1B, Suzuki C, Kouzmanoff 3B, Cust RF, Ellis 2B, Pennington SS, Braden LHP.

Cubs: Theriot 2B, Baker 3B, Byrd CF, Lee 1B, Nady RF, Soriano LF, Soto C, Castro SS, Wells RHP.

Joe Stiglich

  • I like putting Jackson in the second spot. He walks enough to justify being up in the order, but doesn’t hit for enough power to hit third. That, and the responsibility/expectations of hitting third is probably not fair on a new guy.