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.
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.