Chavez facing the A’s for first time, Kouzmanoff traded, and other updates

Checking in from New York, where the 5.9 earthquake that shook parts of the city generated big news. I did not feel the quake, which was centered near Washington, D.C., and many of the people I’ve talked to are in the same boat — they didn’t know about it until seeing news reports. But when you’re not used to the earth shaking, such an event will make hearts race.

–We’ve got an intriguing storyline for tonight’s A’s-Yankees series opener, with former Athletic Eric Chavez a late addition to the Yanks’ lineup at third base. Alex Rodriguez was scratched after jamming his left thumb. It’s still tough getting used to Chavez wearing pinstripes, and this has got to be a special night for him.

–The A’s traded third baseman Kevin Kouzmanoff to Colorado for a player to be named or cash considerations. Check out this update from earlier, and an expanded story should be posted soon.

–A’s manager Bob Melvin said he hopes to get newly promoted catcher Anthony Recker a start in the coming days. It’s an exciting time for Recker, who is getting his first taste of the big leagues at Yankee Stadium, roughly 80 miles from where he grew up in Pennsylvania.

The lineups:
A’s — Weeks 2B, Crisp CF, Matsui DH, Willingham LF, Allen 1B, DeJesus RF, Pennington SS, Suzuki C, Sogard 3B; McCarthy RHP.

Yanks — Gardner LF, Jeter SS, Granderson CF, Teixeira 1B, Cano 2B, Swisher RF, Chavez 3B, Posada DH, Martin C; Colon RHP.

Joe Stiglich