Ben Enos filling in for Joseph Stiglich
Cool night at the Oakland Coliseum tonight, where the A’s and Rangers are set to tee it up in front of a, shall we say, sparse gathering of fans.
There wasn’t a ton to report in pregame today. A’s manager Bob Melvin said that had Jarrod Parker gotten through the eighth inning in his no-hit bid Monday night, he wasn’t going back out for the ninth.
“That was the most miserable last couple of innings that you could ever imagine,” Melvin said. “And that’s a game that I should be over here sitting down and not worrying about anything. After the sixth inning at 91 (pitches), I knew I couldn’t go nine innings. I’m not rooting for a hit, but it certainly didn’t break my heart that Michael Young got that hit because this kid’s too important to us.”
We mentioned Melvin’s comment to Young, who laughed and said “I’m glad I made it easy.” Rangers manager Ron Washington also said he was aware of the situation, and said he had a similar experience when Tuesday’s starter Derek Holland was working on a one-hitter.
“When I took the ball from him, I said you go get the cheers because when I go back, I’m going to get the boos,” Washington said.
In other news, Yoenis Cespedes is in the lineup and the knee problem that caused him to leave Monday’s game an inning early wasn’t a factor.
In draft land, the A’s plundered the college ranks on Tuesday. They took 15 players, 12 coming from college programs. They did take a high schooler of note — Palo Alto outfielder B.J. Boyd. An athletic outfielder with tremendous athleticism, Boyd was also a standout football player at Paly.
Should be a fairly cold night here in Oakland tonight, so we’re hunkered down for a donnybrook.
A’s: Weeks 2B, Cowgill LF, Reddick RF, Cespedes CF, Inge 3B, Gomes DH, Ka’aihue 1B, Suzuki C, Rosales SS. Blackley P.
Rangers: Kinsler 2B, Andrus SS, Hamilton LF, Beltre 3B, Young DH, Cruz RF, Napoli 1B, Torrealba C, Gentry CF. Holland P.