How do the Royals play in this weather on a regular basis? The temperature at 5:20 p.m. local time in Kansas City is 92 degrees, but it “feels like” 106 degrees with the heat index, according to weather.com. … I can believe it.
The A’s did their pregame stretching and then retreated to the dugout to escape the sun as the Royals finished up batting practice. It’s pretty brutal out there, and I imagine it will be even worse for tomorrow’s 1:10 p.m. local time start. …
As for the A’s news …
–Dallas Braden’s side session will actually take place tomorrow, not today. He’s just playing catch today. So after tomorrow, we should have a clear idea of whether he’ll start Tuesday against Boston. But all signs indicate he will.
–I talked to Royals manager Ned Yost briefly during batting practice about last night’s first-inning reversal of Coco Crisp’s foul ball, which was ruled a double after the umpires got together and discussed it. Not surprisingly, Yost wasn’t crazy about the decision. I’ll have more on this in tomorrow’s notebook, but Yost’s basic point was that umpire mistakes are part of the game, and it sets a bad precedent if umps start huddling too often and changing calls after they’re made. Sounds similar to the argument that opponents of instant replay make …
–First baseman Daric Barton is the only left-handed hitter in the A’s lineup tonight against Royals lefty Bruce Chen. Barton jammed his left hand last night coming off the bag to make a nice tag after an off-target throw from Kevin Kouzmanoff, but Barton said he’s OK … Ryan Sweeney is out of the lineup again because of his sore knees, but he probably wouldn’t have played anyway because Bob Geren wanted a righty-dominated batting order. Neither Sweeney nor Geren gave any indication of when the right fielder might return.
–The Kansas City A’s will be honored tonight at Kauffman Stadium. The A’s called Kansas City home from 1955-67, after which they moved to Oakland. Hmmm, if Los Angeles gets another NFL team, does this mean the Raiders will be honored when they play there?
A’s — Crisp CF, Barton 1B, Suzuki C, Kouzmanoff 3B, Rosales 2B, Ellis DH, Carson RF, Davis LF, Pennington SS; Cahill RHP.
Royals — Podsednik LF, Kendall C, DeJesus CF, Butler 1B, Guillen DH, Callaspo 3B, Maier RF, Aviles 2B, Betancourt SS; Chen LHP.