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Rain, rain go away

Ben Enos coming at ya tonight, filling in for Joe Stiglich at the O.Co Coliseum.

Well, it’s a rainy and dreary night here in Oakland as the A’s return home for the start of a nine-game homestand that begins with three against the Marlins.

Or, at least they hope its the start of the homestand. Mother Nature may have other plans.

On a day where there’s plenty of news to report, the A’s may not have actual baseball to discuss. The tarp remains on, and save a brief moment where they took it off and then put it back on, it’s been on all afternoon. And, the rain doesn’t seem to be stopping anytime soon. We haven’t had any kind of delay announced yet, but I’ll keep ya posted if we get one. Seems hard to imagine that not happening.

In actual news, the wheels are definitely still turning. Reliever Grant Balfour was placed on the 15-day DL, retroactive to June 22, because of the sore right oblique he’s been dealing with. Trystan Magnuson was recalled from Triple-A Sacramento to take his place.

Balfour was understandably disappointed, saying everything else feels great except for his oblique. Both he and Melvin said that they expect the right-hander to be ready to go once his DL stint is over.

The other bit of news is Rich Harden will not make his next scheduled rehab appearance in Sacramento. Instead, he’ll next pitch here in Oakland, as manager Bob Melvin said that Harden will start Friday against Arizona.

Harden will take Graham Godfrey’s spot in the rotation, and that means there are some rotation dominoes that have to fall into place. Guillermo Moscoso will start tomorrow against Ricky Nolasco, and Trevor Cahill will pitch Thursday against Chris Volstad. Godfrey will be available in relief this week, Melvin said.

Harden said he’s excited to get going, and said it might feel a little like Opening Day for him when he pitches Friday. He said he felt comfortable with all of his pitches in Saturday’s start at Sacramento, and he’ll likely throw about 90 pitches on Friday.

Brandon McCarthy had his scheduled Tuesday rehab start postponed because of rain, and he’ll start Wednesday instead. Melvin said that there’s a chance McCarthy could be back to pitch for Oakland this weekend, but that he’d like to see how the rehab start goes first before making that official.

OK, now that we’ve got that out of the way, here are the lineups. Let’s see if we actually get to see them in action.

A’s – Weeks 2B, Pennington SS, Crisp CF, Matsui DH, Jackson 1B, Sweeney LF, Suzuki C, DeJesus RF, Sizemore 3B. Gonzalez P

Marlins – Bonifacio LF, Infante 2B, Sanchez 1B, Ramirez SS, Stanton RF, Lopez 3B, Morrison DH, Buck C, Wise CF. Vazquez P.

Joe Stiglich