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Status of tonight’s A’s-Royals game still unknown

As I mentioned on Twitter, reliever Joey Devine will miss the rest of the season after undergoing Tommy John elbow surgery today for the second time since 2009. Very unfortunate news for him and the A’s. …

We’re still on hold here for the start of the A’s-Royals game at the Coliseum. … It’s not raining at the moment, but it was coming down pretty steadily a couple hours ago. The tarp remains on the field. Every year it seems like there’s at least one threat of a rainout here, but we always get a game in. If this one does get postponed, it’s big news. There hasn’t been a rainout at the Coliseum since May 5, 1998. When I last checked weather.com, there was a 60 % chance of rain at game time. There’s been no official word on what happens in the event of a rainout, but A’s manager Bob Melvin said it’s his understanding they would try to play a doubleheader Wednesday as opposed to a makeup game Thursday.

“I would be surprised if we’re talking about Thursday because I don’t think the weather looks any better Thursday,” Melvin said. “I think you have to try to get it in as quickly as you can and go from there.”

The lineups if there is a game:

A’s: Weeks 2B, Crisp LF, Cespedes CF, Gomes DH, Donaldson 3B, Cowgill RF, Barton 1B, Recker C, Pennington SS; Godfrey RHP.

KC: Gordon LF, Escobar SS, Hosmer 1B, Butler DH, Francoeur RF, Moustakas 3B, Cain CF, Quintero C, Getz 2B; Duffy LHP.

With Josh Reddick getting a day off, Yoenis Cespedes moves up to hit third and Collin Cowgill makes his first outfield start. Anthony Recker also spells Kurt Suzuki for the first time behind the plate. “We need to get everybody involved,” Melvin said, “and (Recker and Cowgill) are the two guys that really haven’t been involved as much since the regular season started.”

Joe Stiglich