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Weeks works on his sliding; McCarthy and Harden might get more rest

It’s a good day for baseball at the Coliseum as the A’s try to make it two in a row over Seattle …

Here’s the lineups:

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

Mariners — Ichiro RF, Gutierrez CF, Ackley 2B, Carp DH, Smoak 1B, Wells LF, Seager 3B, Bard C, Ryan SS; Pineda RHP.

–A’s manager Bob Melvin, base running coach Tye Waller and special assistant Phil Garner were on the field this morning working with Jemile Weeks on his sliding technique. Over-sliding the bag on stolen-base attempts has been a problem with Weeks since he’s been in the majors. It’s sort of amusing to watch, but the A’s are treating it seriously, as is Weeks. He’s been called out three times on bases he had swiped, only to pop off the bag and get tagged.

–Melvin said it’s possible that Brandon McCarthy and Rich Harden, starting pitchers who have had their share of past injuries, could get extra time off in the final few weeks, with an occasional spot starter being wedged in to give those two a break. The A’s just want to be smart with them.

–That’s all for now …

Joe Stiglich

  • pdr

    Hitters, please. More hitters. Trading away the only consistent position players we have for even MORE pitching prospects is not a great idea anymore. It might have been 10 years ago when everyone was still able to juice, but the pitching has caught up and surpassed the hitters as you can see by slugging percentages being down as well as home runs being hit at a lesser clip (a continued downward trend).

    I can’t believe Weeks needs more practice at sliding? This has to be some kind of joke.