There’s always something nutty that happens when the A’s play at Fenway Park. Earlier this season, they lost to the Red Sox in 14 innings and we saw Boston’s Jonathan Papelbon and Jason Varitek get ejected within minutes of each other. Last season, Brett Anderson was lost to an elbow injury during one of his starts. This weekend, Hurricane Irene will rear its (her?) ugly head. Scheduling a doubleheader Saturday may not solve all problems. Weather.com calls for a 40-50 percent chance of rain in the early evening, and the second game is set for a 5 p.m. start. Could it be that rescheduling Sunday’s game to avoid a rainout results in a … rainout??
If one of the games gets canceled, the A’s may only be forced to make it up if it impacts the Red Sox’s postseason chances. The A’s aren’t scheduled to return to the East Coast again during the regular season. We often see teams play just 161 games for these reasons.
–Right-hander Graham Godfrey will be promoted to start Saturday’s second game (Guillermo Moscoso will throw the opener). The A’s also made two moves to fortify the bullpen, recalling lefties Josh Outman and Jerry Blevins and optioning out Jordan Norberto and Bruce Billings, who both struggled big-time Thursday. The A’s need all the fresh arms they can find over this two-day span.
Though Outman is in the bullpen now, he’d been starting for Triple-A Sacramento. I’m intrigued to see how he fares because I see this guy as a serious rotation candidate next season. A’s manager Bob Melvin said he doesn’t foresee any changes with this year’s rotation barring injuries. But looking ahead, Rich Harden will be a free agent, Brett Anderson and Dallas Braden are mending from surgery, and Tyson Ross is still a bit of an unknown quantity. Outman says his arm feels as strong now as it has all season. Hopefully we get to see him pitch in some meaningful situations.
A’s: Weeks 2B, Crisp CF, Matsui LF, Willingham DH, Allen 1B, DeJesus RF, Suzuki C, Pennington SS, Sizemore 3B; Gonzalez LHP.
Red Sox: Ellsbury CF, Scutaro SS, Gonzalez 1B, Pedroia 2B, Ortiz DH, Lowrie 3B, Aviles LF, Saltalamacchia C, McDonald RF; Wakefield RHP.