It’s cold and gloomy at Fenway Park tonight. Sort of fits in with the A’s current state right now, wouldn’t you say? They’ll try to snap a three-game losing streak tonight with rookie Jarrod Parker taking the hill against Boston lefty Felix Doubront …
–Coco Crisp’s health adventures have taken another twist. He’s come down with a sinus infection that prompted manager Bob Melvin to keep him out of tonight’s lineup. Before, Crisp had a virus that turned into an inner ear infection. Now he’s got a sinus infection. (Melvin also referred to it as a head cold, and Crisp described his previous ailment as a head cold. It’s all very confusing, so let’s move on). But Melvin said it was his call to keep Crisp out tonight. The training staff is convinced it’s not serious, and Melvin expects Crisp to play tomorrow night.
–The A’s are looking for a spark from any source. Backup catcher Anthony Recker draws a start at DH tonight. Recker normally isn’t a guy you think of as an impact bat, but he had two hits last night, and with the rate this offense is producing on a daily basis, Melvin is searching for any winning formula he can find. “(Recker) is working very hard to keep himself ready,” Melvin said, “and part of it is a reward and how he’s swung the bat the last couple games.”
A’s – Weeks 2B, Inge 3B, Reddick RF, Cespedes CF, Gomes LF, Suzuki C, Ka’aihue 1B, Recker DH, Pennington SS; Parker RHP.
Red Sox – Aviles SS, Sweeney RF, Pedroia 2B, Gonzalez 1B, Ortiz DH, Ross LF, Saltalamacchia C, Byrd CF, Punto 3B; Doubront LHP.
–With Crisp out and the Sox throwing a lefty, Melvin put the right-handed hitting Brandon Inge in the No. 2 spot after he hit eighth last night. Inge did put good wood on a couple balls Monday.
–Melvin had a chat with Jemile Weeks about his two-error game last night, more of a pick-me-up talk than a crack-the-whip type thing. “(You see) how confident he was defensively in spring training, and he just had a tough game,” Melvin said. “The offensive struggles can be frustrating and play into the defense some. … It’s just human nature. It’s not OK, but it’s human nature.”