UPDATE: The rain started falling harder at about 5:35, and the Orioles cut batting practice short as the tarps came out. I’ll update later if tonight’s start looks in jeopardy.
Is this really Memorial Day weekend? The weather feels more like a Raider game in November. It’s chilly, and a light rain came down as the A’s took batting practice. But if forecasts are right, the rain shouldn’t affect tonight’s 7:05 game. This is the A’s first fireworks night, which typically would draw a bigger crowd. But I’d think the lousy weather might keep some people away …
–There’s no word on when Andrew Bailey will be activated, but he said he feels sharp and ready to come off the DL. Bailey threw last night and said his command all around was better. “I was able to throw all my pitches for strikes. That what I was fighting (before),” Bailey said. He played catch before batting practice, and manager Bob Geren said no decision had been made yet. You figure that if Bailey isn’t an option to pitch tonight after throwing last night, , there’s no use in activating him until Sunday.
Bailey seemed really happy to get reacquainted with Joey Devine in the clubhouse. Bailey was not with the team on the last road trip, when Devine rejoined the team. It’s amazing to think just how much time Devine missed with his elbow injury. His teammates just haven’t had much of a chance to be around him. At any rate, when Bailey returns, the A’s will be stacked in right-handed relievers.
–Nothing much to report yet on Tyson Ross or Brandon McCarthy. Neither has started throwing yet, Geren said.
–Kevin Kouzmanoff is back at third base after missing six games with a right groin strain. This A’s lineup should look familiar – it’s the opening day starting nine – but we haven’t seen it in a while …
–There’s a local boy on the mound for Baltimore – right-hander Brad Bergesen, who was a Foothill High School teammate of the Giants’ Brandon Crawford.
A’s: Crisp CF, Barton 1B, DeJesus RF, Willingham LF, Matsui DH, Suzuki C, Ellis 2B, Kouzmanoff 3B, Pennington SS; Outman LHP.
Orioles: Andino 3B, Jones CF, Markakis RF, Guerrero DH, Reimold LF, Hardy SS, Reynolds 1B, Adams 2B, Tatum C; Bergesen RHP.