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Cahill tries to set tone for A’s vs. Yanks

We have the ingredients for an entertaining afternoon at the Oakland Coliseum – Trevor Cahill on the mound, facing the Yankees, in front of a big crowd, with the A’s riding a four-game winning streak. Will it live up to the billing? At the very least, the A’s have picked the right time to start playing their best baseball, with their next six games against the Yankees and Boston Red Sox, the top two teams in the AL East.

Cahill’s effort is a huge key to setting the tone for the A’s in this series. You’ll remember he got knocked around pretty good by the Yankees last season – once in Oakland and once at Yankee Stadium. Those were his first two starts against New York, and he gave up 14 earned runs in 10 innings combined. After starting the season on a six-game winning streak, Cahill has gone three starts without a victory.

–A’s manager Bob Geren said before the game that he hadn’t decided when Andrew Bailey would return to the closer’s role. Geren wanted to wait until he talked to Bailey after the reliever played catch. A key in all this: Bailey has not yet thrown on back-to-back days, and I’m sure Geren wanted to see how Bailey’s arm felt before knowing if he could count on him today.

–Infielder Adam Rosales will soon begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Sacramento, Geren said. Rosales has been playing in extended spring training games and has bounced all around the infield. So it looks like Rosales has a shot of returning by his goal of mid-June.

–I chatted w/Tyson Ross for a couple minutes before the game. He’s hoping to start throwing when the A’s are on their upcoming 10-game road trip. Ross still has some pain w/his strained oblique, particularly when he twists his body, but he says the injury is getting better.

–Nice touch by the A’s during batting practice, as players celebrated Memorial Day by wearing camouflage hats given to them by an Army task force based in Kuwait.

Today’s lineups:
A’s – Crisp CF, Barton 1B, DeJesus RF, Willingham LF, Matsui DH, Suzuki C, Ellis 2B, Kouzmanoff 3B, Pennington SS; Cahill RHP.

Yankees – Jeter SS, Granderson CF, Teixeira 1B, Rodriguez 3B, Cano 2B, Posada DH, Swisher RF, Gardner LF, Cervelli C; Colon RHP.

Joe Stiglich

  • Marc

    Why is Barton even on the team? Third worst slugging % in MLB, enough already. Trade that turd to another stupid team or release him. Isn’t the definition of INSANITY doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results? The sample size for many of these hitters is very large, and it is time for change.

  • http://www.ibabuzz.com/athletics/2010/11/17/as-trade-rajai-davis-to-toronto-blue-jays-reportedly-make-offer-to-adrian-beltre/ zgoddbap

    Hi Joe, I read the article on Barton. I for one keep wondering WHY he is still batting 2nd.
    Then I read the quote from Geren when asked if he has considered moving Barton down in the order.” Yeah I have (But) there was a stretch there in the last three, four, five days where he hit the ball pretty good and had nothing to show for it.”
    WOW, am I missing something, because having nothing to show for it (All year I mght add)does not justify shit in my book.

  • Jan K Oski

    Marc, Is slugging % that important for a hitter in the 2 spot? I thought Ave and OBP would be the best indicator to move the leadoff over and set the table for the sluggers behind him. Granted Barton’s dismal Ave is well behind the league average of .260, but your conclusion of dumping Barton doesn’t jive with me. Yes, his .320 OBP is down from .390 last year, but 50 games is not a good sample size of declaring a player sucks. The blame really falls on Slow Geren who should have given someone else the opportunity at the 2nd spot last month.