Roof is closed as A’s, Mariners begin season’s final series

What’s the mental image you get when you think of Seattle? Rainy, overcast, overall gloomy? That’s the type of afternoon we had today, so the roof is closed at Safeco Field for the opener of this season-closing series between the A’s and Mariners.

There’s an interesting look to Oakland’s lineup with Chris Carter and Michael Taylor batting back-to-back in the order. How often will we see these two bunched together next season, if at all, at the big league level? We might not get clarity on that until next spring, but the team’s offseason decisions (which free agents they decide to bring back, and which ones they pursue from other teams) will impact the futures of both Carter and Taylor.

–Shortstop Cliff Pennington is out with his oblique injury, but A’s manager Bob Melvin is hopeful of Pennington starting tomorrow. Right fielder David DeJesus remains out with a hip injury, and Melvin isn’t as optimistic about DeJesus for tomorrow.

The lineups:
A’s — Weeks 2B, Crisp CF, Matsui DH, Willingham LF, Sizemore 3B, Suzuki C, Carter 1B, Taylor RF, Rosales SS; McCarthy RHP.

Mariners — Ichiro RF, Rodriguez SS, Ackley 2B, Carp DH, Smoak 1B, Olivo C, Robinson LF, Liddi 3B, Saunders CF; Vargas LHP.

Joe Stiglich