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Crisp back at CF for A’s; Rosales officially out for season

We’ve got overcast skies above the Coliseum for the second straight day. Definitely feels like fall, which is weird because it was uncharacteristically hot for Monday’s game …

–Coco Crisp is back in the leadoff spot and playing center field for the A’s. A lot of you may have seen the replay of Crisp running gingerly last night on his sore left knee after pinch-hitting in the ninth inning. I didn’t get a chance to speak w/him before the game, but obviously he’s feeling well enough to give it a go.

Kevin Kouzmanoff’s MRI didn’t show anything seriously wrong with his lower back, according to manager Bob Geren. But Kouzmanoff remains out of the lineup for a third straight game. “He’s getting better,” Geren said. “There were no new findings (on the MRI).” Steve Tolleson draws his third straight start at third. This guy has produced pretty well wherever the A’s have plugged him in. He had a career-high three hits last night and is 9-for-27 since he was recalled from the minors Aug. 13.

–Geren officially declared utility man Adam Rosales out for the season with the stress fracture in his right ankle. It appeared the injury could be season-ending when Rosales went on the DL Aug. 13, but he was hopeful at the time of possibly coming back. Probably a smart move that he doesn’t try to push it. One note on Rosales: On the first homestand after his injury, he made a habit of coming out to watch batting practice, standing behind the cage wearing a protective boot on his foot. You don’t see many injured players do that, but I get the feeling Rosales couldn’t stand to be away from the team. Or perhaps he felt guilty that he couldn’t be out there helping. Either way, the gesture reflects well on him. …

–Joey Devine was feeling upbeat about the 20-pitch simulated game he threw. The plan is for him and Josh Outman to head to instructional league later this month in Phoenix and get some innings in before breaking for the offseason.

Tonight’s lineups:

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

Mariners — Ichiro RF, Figgins 2B, Branyan DH, Lopez 3B, Moore C, Kotchman 1B, Tuiasosopo LF, Saunders CF, Wilson SS; French LHP.

Joe Stiglich