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.