Ben Enos filling in for Joe Stiglich today
Another warm one on tap here in Oakland, and the bags were already being lined up outside in preparation for the trip to Texas tonight.
First off, here are today’s lineups:
A’s – Weeks 2B, Sizemore 3B, Crisp CF, Matsui DH, Carter 1B, Jackson LF, DeJesus RF, Suzuki C, Pennington SS. Moscoso P.
Mariners – Ichiro RF, Ryan SS, Kennedy DH, Smoak 1B, Ackley 2B, Peguero LF, Gutierrez CF, Bard C, Figgins 3B. Vargas P.
Not a ton to report in terms of pregame news today. Manager Bob Melvin said Grant Balfour is on track to come off the disabled list tomorrow in Texas as scheduled. The right-hander threw for Sacramento last night in his final rehab appearance and allowed a run on two hits and a walk in one inning.
Tyson Ross made the start for the Rivercats last night and didn’t have the cleanest outing. He threw just 3 1/3 innings, allowed seven hits and four earned runs. He struck out four and walked two. Melvin said the biggest thing was Ross got his pitch count up, and the right-hander had to come out in the fourth inning after 71 pitches. Melvin also said that Ross will throw another rehab appearance, likely in five days. With the way the minor-league calendars look, I’m guessing that’ll be in Stockton.
Final piece of injury news is Melvin said OF Josh Willingham had another positive day yesterday and that the team hopes to have an answer on his status in Texas. Nothing definitive on that yet.