After some travel “inconveniences” that I’ll spare you the details of, I finally made it to Rangers Ballpark. It’s warm here — it always is in Arlington — but not as hot as it will be a month from now.
Here’s a pregame rundown from A’s land …
–Third baseman Brandon Inge’s sore groin has him out of the lineup for the fourth straight game, which is no big shock. Manager Bob Melvin said he was eyeing Inge’s return more for Thursday than today. So Josh Donaldson gets another start at third.
–The A’s made a bullpen transaction, sending reliever Andrew Carignan to Triple-A Sacramento to make room for newcomer Travis Blackley. It’s pretty unheard of for a major league bullpen to carry five lefties, but that’s where the A’s are right now. It’s hardly ideal, but part of the reason the A’s were comfortable doing this is because they’re confident in their lefties’ ability to get right-handed hitters out. Having said that, I don’t expect them to stick with this makeup for very long. “At some point in time, you just use your best pitchers you feel you have at the time,” Melvin told reporters during his pregame media address. “There’s always going to be some trial and error, and that’s just where we are right now.”
A’s — Weeks 2B, Cowgill CF, Reddick RF, Smith LF, Ka’aihue DH, Donaldson 3B, Barton 1B, Recker C, Sogard SS; Milone LHP.
Rangers — Andrus SS, Gonzalez 2B, Hamilton LF, Beltre 3B, Cruz RF, Napoli DH, Torrealba C, Snyder 1B, Gentry CF; Darvish RHP.