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Brett Anderson cautiously optimistic about right knee

Here’s the A’s news leading into Game 2 against the Rangers. It’s 96 degrees as the shadows start taking over the field in Arlington …

–Brett Anderson’s right knee is feeling better, and he said there’s not much swelling or bruising. He’s still encouraged he’ll be ready for his next start Wednesday at New York, but said he’ll have a better indication tomorrow after throwing long toss. “Tomorrow will be a big test when I play catch,” he said. “But if things go as they did from last night to today, I should be good to go.”

–Kurt Suzuki gets a start at DH to give him a partial day off, with Landon Powell behind the plate.

–Looking back on last night’s game, it’s pretty easy to point to Anderson’s inefficient outing and quick exit that put Oakland in a hole. But the fact is, the rotation was due for a stinker at some point, and there’s bound to be a few more of those sprinkled in before the season’s done. The burden still falls on the offense to keep the team in the game when they fall behind early. A’s hitters didn’t have much success doing that against Tommy Hunter last night. We’ll see if they fare any better against Rich Harden tonight.

The lineups …

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

Rangers – Andrus SS, Young 3B, Hamilton LF, Guerrero DH, Cantu 1B, Moreland RF, Treanor C, Cora 2B, Borbon CF; Harden RHP.

Joe Stiglich