The latest from Coors Field, where the A’s go for the sweep to close this six-game road trip …
–Yoenis Cespedes is out of the lineup as expected, but Bob Melvin says he is still an option to DH on the upcoming homestand. Cespedes will do more running drills and be evaluated at the Coliseum. … Brandon McCarthy will play catch today. Considering Melvin says the right-hander would have to throw a bullpen before a potential start Saturday — and we’re just two days away from Saturday — figure he’s out for that day. But Melvin said he’s encouraged that McCarthy will avoid the D.L., so it’s looking like he will only miss one start. The options to pitch Saturday are Tyson Ross and Graham Godfrey. Ross is currently listed as Triple-A Sacramento’s starter for tonight, but that can change.
The lineups, with Jemile Weeks getting a day off:
A’s — Crisp CF, Pennington SS, Reddick RF, Smith LF, INge 3B, Moss 1B, Suzuki C, Rosales 2B, Parker RHP.
Rockies — Fowler CF, Scutaro SS, Gonzalez LF, Cuddyer RF, Colvin 1B, Pacheco 3B, Rosario C, Nelson 2B, White RHP.
–I chatted with Josh Outman a bit this morning. He said it wasn’t too strange facing his former team last night because “I only faced like three guys I played with — Weeksie, Cliffy and Donaldson.” Outman is really happy with Colorado, but he did add: “I feel like the green and gold stirrups look better than the black and white. Just the color concept. I heard fans shouting that I look better in green and gold when I was warming up.”
Indeed, there is a sizeable group of A’s fans that made the trip to Denver. You can hear them from the press box. This was an attractive series on the schedule to plan a trip around, no doubt …