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Mazzaro looks to restore order on mound for A’s

Checking in before Game 2 of A’s-Yankees, with Oakland trying to bounce back after allowing double-digit runs last night for the first time since May 30 … Local boy Vin Mazzaro takes the mound looking to get things back on track, and the New Jersey native is sure to have a big cheering section on hand. Pregame stat of the day: Mazzaro has lowered his ERA in each month that’s he’s been in the big leagues this season — 5.40 in May, 3.90 in June, 3.78 in July and 2.56 through five starts in August (though he’s 0-3 for the month). Pregame stat of the day, Part II: Mazzaro is allowing a .315 opponents’ batting average through his first 45 pitches in a game, and .213 after that.

–The A’s are staying tight-lipped about who they might call up when rosters expand to 40 starting tomorrow. I’m not expecting too many reinforcements early in the month. Triple-A Sacramento looks like it’s headed to the postseason yet again, and the A’s usually don’t like stripping the River Cats roster too much. Adding a reliever or two seems logical. And as I wrote last week, until the A’s feel they’re completely out of contention, they’ll be promoting guys with an eye toward helping the major league team, rather than promoting young players just to give them a look (that means don’t expect Michael Taylor anytime real soon). Dallas McPherson, perhaps? His power could be useful for the A’s. He’d have to be added to the 40-man roster, but there’s a spot open …

–Identical lineups as last night for both the A’s and Yankees. Here ya go …

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

Yankees — Gardner LF, Jeter SS, Teixeira 1B, Cano 2B, Swisher RF, Posada C, Thames DH, Granderson CF, Pena 3B; Hughes RHP.

Joe Stiglich