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Juggling the outfield, other A’s pregame tidbits

I had some technical difficulties getting this baby posted, but here’s today’s update …

The lineups for Game 2 of A’s-Blue Jays:

A’s — Crisp CF, Barton 1B, Jackson LF, Cust DH, Ellis 2B, Davis RF, Powell C, Tolleson 3B, Pennington SS; Braden LHP.

Jays — Snider LF, Escobar SS, Bautista RF, Wells CF, Lind DH, Hill 2B, Overbay 1B, Encarnacion 3B, Molina C; Morrow RHP.

–Kurt Suzuki and Kevin Kouzmanoff are each getting standard days off. Seems like good timing for Kouzmanoff, who’s in a 1-for-23 funk at the plate.

–Let’s throw a question out for discussion. How would you like to see the A’s handle their outfield rotation right now? Coco Crisp is going to play regularly and Rajai Davis’ speed makes him an asset to keep in the lineup. I think the A’s need to get an extended look at both Conor Jackson and Travis Buck to decide where (or if) they fit into the mix for next season. And you figure things will get more crowded if Chris Carter and Michael Taylor get called up at some point in September. With Jack Cust struggling right now, I wouldn’t mind seeing Jackson get some DH time (might save his hamstring a bit) and let Buck play the outfield with Crisp and Davis.

–Andrew Bailey estimated he threw about 18 pitches in a simulated game with Gabe Gross and Steve Tolleson standing in. It went well, but both Bailey and manager Bob Geren said he could use another outing to sharpen his stuff. Could be another simulated game or perhaps a minor league outing. But as things stand, it’s still looking good for Bailey to come off the DL during this homestand.

Joe Stiglich