The A’s are trailing the Hanshin Tigers 3-0 in the third inning as I write this. Tyson Ross gave up a two-run homer in the bottom of the first. To update you on the day’s news so far:
–Perhaps Brandon Allen doesn’t have such a firm grasp on the first base job after all. Manager Bob Melvin said he’s leaning toward starting Allen in Wednesday’s opener but that Kila Ka’aihue could draw a start in the second game of the series against the Mariners. Melvin is getting good at hedging his bets. We won’t know for sure until we see Wednesday’s lineup card posted. It’s tough to say that either Allen or Ka’aihue has staked definitive claim to the position.
–Still no word on who will start at third base for the A’s — Josh Donaldson or Eric Sogard. Sogard is playing third against Hanshin.
–As was expected, Yoenis Cespedes is not in the lineup after getting pulled from last night’s game with leg cramps. Melvin said there’s no concern about Cespedes being ready for the opener.
–Yesterday I tweeted about how clean of a city Tokyo is. Today I’m hear to tell you about the high-tech bathrooms. The toilets in this city come with more buttons to press than an airplane cockpit. There’s your random observation for the day …