My apologies for dropping this on you a little late, but here’s the pregame scoop.
–A larger Detroit media contingent is on hand than normal, as the Tigers’ magic number to clinch the AL Central is two as I write this. If Cleveland loses at Texas tonight (they’re down 6-0 in the sixth), Detroit can celebrate by winning tonight behind right-hander Max Scherzer. Brandon McCarthy is on the hill for the A’s. He’s 1-3 with a 4.36 ERA in 14 appearances (seven starts) against Detroit.
–Second baseman Jemile Weeks is out of the lineup again, the after-effects of some left leg cramping he suffered last weekend in Texas. Neither he nor manager Bob Melvin is that worried, and Melvin said it’s more precautionary than anything, citing Weeks’ previous injuries in the minors (which were mainly hip-related). Weeks said the soreness he feels now is centered in his hamstring. “Certain movements are just not as quick as I want to be.”
–No further word on outfielder Ryan Sweeney’s quad strain. He didn’t do any baseball work today, and it remains unknown if he’ll play again this season. But Coco Crisp returns to the lineup after missing five games with a sore right ankle.
–A little while back I posted a review of the Oakland Coliseum by Paul Swaney of stadiumjourney.com. Here’s a review he did of Banner Island Ballpark, home of the Single-A Stockton Ports. The Ports begin a playoff series tonight against Lake Elsinore, and they host games Saturday and Sunday.
If you’ve been to both Banner Island Ballpark and Raley Field, home of Triple-A Sacramento, which do you prefer?
A’s — Crisp CF, Pennington SS, Matsui DH, Willingham LF, DeJesus RF, Sizemore 3B, Allen 1B, Suzuki C, Sogard 2B; McCarthy RHP.
Tigers — Jackson CF, Ordonez RF, Young LF, Cabrera 1B, Martinez DH, Avila C, Peralta SS, Betemit 3B, Santiago 2B; Scherzer RHP.