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A little more on Bailey and Braden, plus other A’s tidibits

It’s very muggy here in St. Louis, exactly what you’d expect this time of year in the Gateway City. But a local writer told me this is especially warm and humid for mid-June. It’s 91 degrees right now with about 20 minutes to go before game time. Should be a pretty good test of stamina for A’s starting pitcher Vin Mazzaro. But I’d say Trevor Cahill will have it much worse pitching Sunday afternoon. …

I know Bob Geren’s handling of the bullpen is probably foremost on people’s minds after yesterday’s loss. In his pregame media chat, Geren emphasized that he’s not trying to handle closer Andrew Bailey any differently than he has in the past. “I’m going to try to use him as much as I can for one inning, and if he’s well rested, I’ll use him more than one inning,” Geren said.

I guess most managers around the majors would say roughly the same thing. But in his postgame comments yesterday, Geren definitely made it sound like he decided — recently — to treat Bailey more carefully. Today, Geren said his strategy regarding Bailey hasn’t changed at all.

Is this making your head spin yet? I should mention that Bailey emphasized yesterday that he’s on the same page w/Geren about when/how often he should be used. I’m just not sure what page that is at the moment …

–Regarding Dallas Braden leaving after 83 pitches yesterday, both Braden and Geren said that it was time for him to come out. Braden’s elbow was really bothering him, which makes you wonder if he can continue pitching effectively with the problem. Earlier today, Braden said he threw just one slider yesterday because that pitch puts more strain on his elbow. Without that pitch, he’s mainly a fastball-changeup guy (he occasionally throws a cutter). Braden kept the Cubs off-balance w/just his fastball and changeup yesterday, but how long can he get by w/just those two pitches?

–Conor Jackson is hitting third today, and Geren said he’d like to keep him in the No. 3 spot for a while, hitting ahead of Daric Barton. …

Here’s the lineups, with Cards pitcher Chris Carpenter hitting eighth. That nutty Tony LaRussa …

A’s: Davis CF, Barton 1B, Jackson LF, Suzuki C, Sweeney RF, Kouzmanoff 3B, Ellis 2B, Pennington SS, Mazzaro RHP.

Cards: Schumaker 2B, Holliday LF, Pujols 1B, Ludwick RF, Rasmus CF, Freese 3B, Molina C, Carpenter RHP, Ryan SS.

Joe Stiglich