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Rajai Davis back in A’s lineup; Andrew Bailey still unavailable

For a July series in Texas, the A’s appear to be catching a little break with the weather. The heat isn’t quite as bad as you might expect, and the first-pitch temperature is supposed to be 86 degrees. Weather.com forecasts a 35 percent chance of rain at about 9 p.m. local time, so odds are that it stays dry as the A’s and Rangers begin a three-game series. I realize we haven’t even reached August yet, but this obviously has the feeling of a big series for the A’s. We’ll have a lot better idea by Thursday night whether this team still holds any realistic hope in the AL West. …

–Good news for the A’s: Rajai Davis (left hamstring) is back in the lineup at left field. Bad news: Closer Andrew Bailey (back spasms) won’t be available for a fifth straight game. Bailey threw some pitches off flat ground, and although he reported feeling better, manager Bob Geren said he remains day-to-day. Bailey won’t pitch until he first throws a session off the mound. Geren thinks that could happen as soon as tomorrow afternoon, and if that were to go well, Bailey could be available tomorrow night. Luckily for the A’s, Michael Wuertz is rounding into form and gives them a decent ninth-inning option. But entering a crucial series with their closer unavailable is hardly ideal.

–Brett Anderson (left elbow) came out of Sunday’s rehab start well, so he’s set to rejoin the rotation Friday against the White Sox barring any setbacks.

–A little observation from the clubhouse: All starting pitchers are wired differently. Some are very quiet and keep to themselves on the day of a start. Then there’s today’s starter, Gio Gonzalez. He’s chatting up reporters and hamming it up w/teammates before games he pitches in. As a rule, writers avoid talking to starters before a game they pitch in. Gonzalez seems to prefer a little conversation. Vin Mazzaro is a little like that too …

Here’s the lineups, featuring Adam Rosales getting a start for the A’s at shortstop against lefty Cliff Lee. “Rosales has been really good against left-handed pitching,” Geren said. “He’s going to be in there somewhere for sure.” …

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

Rangers: Andrus SS, Young 3B, Kinsler 2B, Guerrero DH, Hamilton LF, Cruz RF, Molina C, Davis 1B, Borbon CF; Lee LHP.

Joe Stiglich

  • crister

    any thoughts on mlb asking sj to not push their ballad thing? is that good, bad or something else for oakland?