The sun’s out but the breeze is blowing pretty strong right now, so it’s shaping up to be a chilly night at the Coliseum for Game 2 of A’s-Red Sox …
–Reliever Cedrick Bowers was sent to Triple-A Sacramento to clear a roster spot for Dallas Braden, who comes off the DL to start tonight. It wasn’t too surprising to see Bowers sent down since he’d only had five appearances over the A’s past 21 games. … Speaking of the A’s bullpen, I’ll be interested to see if Henry Rodriguez gets an extended chance w/the big club after being called up yesterday. I think a power arm is a welcome addition to this relief corps … if manager Bob Geren has confidence in turning to Rodriguez.
–Kevin Kouzmanoff is back at third base tonight and said his lower back is feeling better.
Not much else to report … It’s obviously a big outing for Braden. All indications are his elbow is feeling good, but you always wonder how a guy will bounce back from any injury to his throwing arm. As for another starter on the mend, Brett Anderson makes a Triple-A rehab start tonight against Colorado Springs, first pitch at 6:05 p.m. (West Coast). I’ll try to throw an update on Twitter later on. If you’re part of the Twitter world, hit me up at “joestiglich.” The more, the merrier …
A’s — Crisp CF, Barton 1B, Suzuki C, Cust DH, Kouzmanoff 3B, Ellis 2B, Gross RF, Davis LF, Pennington SS; Braden LHP.
Red Sox — Scutaro SS, McDonald LF, Ortiz DH, Youkilis 1B, Beltre 3B, Drew RF, Cameron CF, Hall 2B, Cash C; Wakefield RHP.