Good morning from Kansas City, where I’m hoping thunderstorms hold off until tonight so I can catch my flight back to the Bay Area …
It’s no surprise to see a couple A’s regulars getting a rest today considering the heat and the fact it’s a day game after a night game. … First baseman Daric Barton, who has started all but one game this season, is out of the lineup. Last night’s game drained Barton pretty good. And he had a great night at the plate, so he was on base a lot and expending a ton of energy. “He got pretty good cramping last night,” A’s manager Bob Geren said. “It’s the right thing to do to recover. He’s still available to pinch hit.” Adam Rosales, Saturday’s late-game hero, starts at first.
Landon Powell gets a start behind the plate to give Kurt Suzuki a day off, and right fielder Ryan Sweeney misses his third straight game with knee soreness. Geren was asked about the possibility of Sweeney joining the DL. “We’ll probably re-evaluate him when we get home. He’s not available today.”
–You might have noticed Andrew Bailey hitting 99 mph on the radar gun last night as he blew a fastball by Jason Kendall to end the game. That raised my eyebrows, being that Bailey usually sits in the 95-96 mph range with his fastball. What did he think of that velocity? “The gun was probably juiced a little bit,” Bailey said with a smile. “I’ve never thrown that hard. But I’ll take it and take the outs.”
–Dallas Braden was scheduled to throw his side session this morning, but not early enough to get a report on it. “Unless there’s a setback, he’s pitching Tuesday,” Geren said.
Here’s your lineups:
A’s — Crisp CF, Ellis 2B, Kouzmanoff 3B, Cust DH, Rosales 1B, Gross RF, Powell C, Davis LF, Pennington SS; Mazzaro RHP.
Royals — Podsednik LF, Kendall C, DeJesus CF, Butler 1B, Guillen DH, Callaspo 3B, Maier RF, Betancourt SS, Getz 2B; Bannister RHP.