It got a little nutty here this morning on Father’s Day. Josh Reddick took the field wearing a No. 4 Coco Crisp jersey and a giant Afro wig similar to what Crisp sported last year on occasion. It’s Coco Crisp Chia Pet Day at the Coliseum, so that was the inspiration. Pretty classic … On a more serious note, Jonny Gomes wore combat boots during batting practice in honor of all the fathers serving in the military. Classy move …
–A day after giving up just one hit in six innings, Tyson Ross was sent down and lefty reliever Pedro Figueroa was promoted from Triple-A. That’s a tough one for Ross, who took a no-hitter into the sixth inning yesterday, but it isn’t all that surprising. Brandon McCarthy is still on track to come back from a shoulder injury and start Tuesday, and the A’s like what Travis Blackley has done. Plus, I think the A’s would like to see Ross hone his command a bit. He walked four yesterday and hit a batter. But A’s manager Bob Melvin was impressed.
“He did a lot of things we wanted him to work on,” Melvin said. “Maybe the ball/strike ratio wasn’t his best, but certainly the performance ended up being great. Too bad he didn’t get a win yesterday. Certainly he gave us all we expected and more.”
–Yoenis Cespedes (strained left hamstring) has been doing well in his recovery. He was scheduled to run heavy again today and the A’s will see where he’s at after Monday’s day off, “whether he’s ready to play or DH or whatever,” Melvin said.
Here’s the lineups, as the A’s try to complete their second straight sweep:
A’s — Crisp CF, Weeks 2B, Reddick RF, Gomes DH, INge 3B, Cowgill LF, Moss 1B, Suzuki C, Pennington SS; Colon RHP.
SD — Venable RF, Denorfia LF, Headley 3B, Quentin DH, Alonso 1B, Maybin CF, Hundley C, Cabrera SS, Amarista 2B, Richard LHP.