It’s another pleasant night at the Coliseum, where Guillermo Moscoso takes the mound for the A’s against the Angels’ Jerome Williams. Talk about two guys who weren’t in the picture for their teams when this season began. Williams, the former Giant, has been very solid for the Angels. He’s won all three of his starts since being called up from the minors Aug. 17.
–A’s closer Andrew Bailey said he was expecting to be available tonight. His concussion test and X-rays came back negative after he was struck in the left temple by a line drive Monday in batting practice. Bailey still seemed shocked that Kurt Suzuki’s liner made a beeline for him while he stood in left field. “‘Zuk’ really doesn’t pull the ball in the first round (of BP),” Bailey joked. He still has a slight headache but does not seem too concerned. A’s manager Bob Melvin said he would wait to see how Bailey felt after playing catch before deciding if Bailey was an option tonight.
Melvin added that yesterday’s incident was one of those random occurrences that really can’t be avoided. “There are so many balls struck during the course of the day — one guy hitting ground balls here, another guy throwing across the diamond. Really, it’s amazing that it doesn’t happen more often,” Melvin said.
–Coco Crisp’s MRI on his right ankle came back negative, and Melvin expects his center fielder to play again this season, but he wasn’t giving a date. Ryan Sweeney draws the start again in center tonight.
–Moscoso makes his first start since throwing 129 pitches in his last outing Wednesday. Melvin reiterated how uncomfortable he felt as Moscoso’s pitch count crept up in that start (he hadn’t thrown more than 109 previously). But with Moscoso going on five days’ rest, Melvin said he won’t keep Moscoso on a tight leash tonight. And Melvin had an interesting take on that 129-pitch effort. “I think in the long run it might be good for him. He started out here as basically a six-inning pitcher. Now he’s going deeper in games. He wants to go deeper in games. And he’s a guy that’s been healthy, so I think all in all it’s been good for him.”
–First baseman Brandon Allen, in an 0 for 21 funk, is back in the lineup. Melvin said he thought Allen’s at-bats got better as last night’s game progressed, and he wants him to try building on that.
A’s — Weeks 2B, Pennington SS, Matsui LF, Willingham DH, Sizemore 3B, Sweeney CF, Suzuki C, Allen 1B, Taylor RF; Moscoso RHP.
Angels — Izturis 2B, Kendrick 1B, Abreu DH, Hunter RF, Callaspo 3B, Wells LF, Aybar SS, Bourjos CF, Conger C; Williams RHP.