Jeff Larish gets first look in outfield as A’s go for series victory in Texas

These 2:05 p.m. starts here in Texas are a little wacky, but that’s what the Rangers typically do for Sunday home games. They drew 47,411 last night, and I’d expect another good-sized crowd today. It’s very hot, however, and more humid than the past two days. A’s starter Gio Gonzalez could benefit from some quick innings …

–Jeff Larish is playing left field today with Jack Cust returning to DH. This marks Larish’s first major league start in the outfield. He’s typically a corner infield guy. I saw him getting instruction from outfield coach Todd Steverson yesterday as he shagged flies during batting practice. “We had to give Larish a few days to work out there,” A’s manager Bob Geren said. “He hasn’t been out there since spring training. He played there in spring training quite a few times.” Larish is 3-for-11 with a homer and two RBIs in three starts (two at DH, one at third base) since he was brought back from the minors, and Geren is making an effort to get his left-handed bat in there against right-handers.

–Brett Anderson played catch and ran this morning, reporting that his right knee continues to make progress. Unless there’s a setback in his side session tomorrow, mark him down for Wednesday’s start against New York.

Win or lose today, the A’s face long odds to catch the Rangers in the standings. But taking two of three from the AL West leaders would be a nice way to head into a four-game series at Yankee Stadium …

The lineups …

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

Rangers — Blanco SS, Young 3B, Hamilton LF, Guerrero DH, Cantu 1B, Murphy RF, Molina C, Cora 2B, Borbon CF; Lewis RHP.

Joe Stiglich