The A’s set their rotation plans coming out of All-Star break

Checking in on a pleasant night at the Coliseum, where Jarrod Parker tries to keep the good times rolling for the A’s. He faced the Mariners for the first time June 27 at Safeco Field and allowed just three hits over seven innings to get the ‘W’ …

–The A’s have set their rotation coming out of the All-Star break. It will be A.J. Griffin, Tommy Milone and Parker pitching the three-game series at Minnesota next weekend. Bartolo Colon pitches tomorrow’s final game before the break, so it makes sense that he’s pushed back when the A’s resume action. Travis Blackley will be looking at a stretch of more than two weeks between starts, but manager Bob Melvin said Blackley may get some work out of the bullpen to keep him sharp. “It’s just what happens a lot of times with the fifth starter,” Melvin said. “If we led off with him and didn’t use Griffin, Griffin is the guy who’s probably going to go the longest period of time (without pitching). We’re trying to keep them all fairly current to where there isn’t one guy who hasn’t pitched in 12 days, and now we’re expecting him to go start.”

Nothing else major to report … Outfielder Collin Cowgill (sprained left ankle) continues doing full baseball activity. He’ll work out Sunday, and Melvin estimated Cowgill is no more than three or four days away from going on a rehab assignment. … Brandon McCarthy (shoulder pain) has played catch each of the past two days, but no word yet on when he’ll get back on the mound.

Tonight’s lineups:
A’s — Crisp CF, Weeks 2B, Reddick RF, Cespedes LF, Carter 1B, Gomes DH, Inge 3B, Hicks SS, Suzuki C; Parker RHP.

Mariners — Ackley 2B, Ichiro RF, Saunders CF, Jaso C, Seager 3B, Wells LF, Smoak 1B, Peguero DH, Ryan SS; Vargas LHP.

Joe Stiglich