In for Joe Stiglich tonight …
A few quick notes:
*-Coco Crisp was in the clubhouse before the game and he was smiling for the first time in weeks. It looks like he has the inner ear infection on the run that has kept him out for the better part of a month, save a few isolated games. Crisp took batting practice Friday night and will again Saturday, also shagged flies and did some light running. Manager Bob Melvin said Crisp will be evaluated after Saturday’s workout and could actually be activated for Sunday’s game if all goes well. He’s already eligible to come off the disabled list so he could be pressed into service at any time if he’s able.
*-Through his personal liaison, Ariel Prieto, Yoenis Cespedes said his left hand is feeling much better but isn’t sure when he’ll start swinging a bat. Melvin said Cespedes will be examined Friday night but also wasn’t sure when he would begin taking BP. Cespedes is eligible to come off the DL on Tuesday but it remains to be seen if he’ll be ready by then.
*-Laz Diaz, the umpire who tossed Bob Melvin for the first time Thursday, called the A’s manager Friday and admitted he blew the call on Brandon McCarthy’s “trap” of Elvis Andrus’ bunt attempt in Texas. Melvin said he gained even more respect for Diaz for making the phone call.
*-The A’s have the best record in the American League against left-handers at 8-4. Should be interesting against Barry Zito, who was shaky in his last start even though he got a victory.
*-Melvin was unaware that A’s pitchers went 0-for-18 last year in interleague play at the plate. He’s not expecting much, but something better than that.
*-Travis Blackley said he won’t be unnerved if he’s called upon to pitch against the Giants, the team that designated him for assignment last week. He said he’s faced a good number of the current Giants while pitching in the minor leagues.
Here’s the A’s and Giants lineups for tonight:
A’s: Weeks 2B, Pennington SS, Reddick RF, Gomes LF, Suzuki C, Barton 1B, Donaldson 3B, Cowgill CF, Parker P.
Giants: Blanco RF, Crawford SS, Cabrera LF, Pagan CF, Belt 1B, Sanchez C, Arias 3B, Burriss 2B, Zito P.