Elbow soreness for Anderson; Sweeney leaves with dizziness

The announcement on Brett Anderson was left elbow soreness, which isn’t surprising considering the injury that put him on the DL was a combo strained forearm/elbow inflammation. Obviously not a good development for the A’s.

And shortly after he left, right fielder Ryan Sweeney exited the game after a collision with second baseman Mark Ellis on a foul pop-up. Sweeney made a sliding attempt and Ellis’ thigh appeared to hit him in the head. Sweeney was taken out for precautionary reasons after he said he had dizziness.

Gabe Gross switched from left field to right, and just threw out Darnell McDonald on a play at home. The A’s have thrown two guys out at home and we’re only in the fourth inning.


A’s Brett Anderson leaves after two innings vs. Red Sox; no explanation yet

Brett Anderson left today’s game after just two innings, being relieved by Vin Mazzaro. We haven’t heard a reason yet, but I’ll update when we get word. This was Anderson’s second start since coming off the DL for a strained forearm. He looked terrific in 5 2/3 shutout innings Saturday against Detroit. Afterward, he said he had mild arm soreness but that he thought it was normal postgame stuff. …


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.


Pregame A’s notes: Foiled attempt to penetrate Green Monster; finding playing time for Adam Rosales

A few of us media types wandered down the left-field line here at Fenway during BP and tried to sneak into the door that takes you inside the Green Monster (you remember … the door Manny Ramirez entered to take his infamous in-game potty break a few years ago). Anyway, long story short, we were denied. They said nobody was allowed in there during batting practice. But you can’t fault the effort. …

Adam Rosales draws a start tonight at third base in place of Kevin Kouzmanoff. Are you surprised Rosales hasn’t gotten more starts after he played so well at the beginning of the road trip? He’s been a spark when he’s played, but with Mark Ellis healthy and Gabe Gross getting regular time in left field, it’s tough to find a spot for Rosales. If Cliff Pennington continues to slump, I think Rosales needs to start seeing more time at shortstop. Pennington enters tonight’s game in an 0-for-27 funk. That’s the longest hitless streak by an Athletic since Jack Hannahan went 0-for-28 during one stretch in August 2008.

–Bob Geren said everyone should be available in the bullpen tonight, but he’d like to avoid using Michael Wuertz, who’s thrown in the last two games. Wuertz admitted he struggled last night as he was on the back end of pitching back-to-back games. His ability to perform on consecutive days is key for Oakland’s bullpen. He probably won’t duplicate his 2009 dominance, but the A’s need him to come close.

–News bit: The A’s released minor league infielder Yung-Chi Chen, who spent time in A’s big league spring training in 2009.

Tonight’s lineups:
A’s: Davis CF, Barton 1B, Sweeney RF, Suzuki C, Cust DH, Ellis 2B, Gross LF, Rosales 3B, Pennington SS; Sheets RHP.

Red Sox: Scutaro SS, Pedroia 2B, Ortiz DH, Youkilis 1B, Drew RF, Beltre 3B, Hermida LF, Varitek C, McDonald CF; Matsuzaka RHP.


Rainy weather at Fenway, but no delays yet

Different ballpark, same scenario as yesterday … It’s very overcast here at Fenway Park as the A’s and Red Sox prepare to open a three-game series. The rain was coming down pretty hard just a few minutes ago. No delay has been announced yet, but we’ll be lucky if this game gets played uninterrupted. For what it’s worth, weather.com calls for an 85 percent chance of thunderstorms at game time, then a 40 percent chance by 9 p.m. The infield is covered right now, and neither team took batting practice on the field.

I’d think the uncertainty during bad weather has got to be tough for players, who are used to a set routine when they prepare for a game. Trevor Cahill, who waited out a nearly three-hour delay in Detroit yesterday before taking the mound, seems to have the perfect mentality to handle rain delays. He’s pretty mellow, never gets too excited over things (at least on the outside). It’s probably no coincidence he pitched pretty well yesterday. Gio Gonzalez starts tonight for the A’s. He’s got a little more nervous energy going on, so we’ll see how he fares if we do get delayed.

I’ve never seen Fenway this empty with about a half-hour to go before first pitch. There’s maybe 2,000 fans scattered about right now.

Not much in the way of news to report. After a few days of no activity, Coco Crisp (strained rib cage) is feeling better, according to manager Bob Geren. Still no word on when Crisp will resume baseball activity and go on a rehab assignment.

Here’s the lineups, with the A’s trotting out a pretty standard look:

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

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