It’s Turn Back The Clock day at the Coliseum, and when you see the A’s 1955 Oakland Oaks uniforms, you’ll like them. It’s a classy look … Cream-colored jerseys and pants, blue lettering with red trim and navy blue hats. The two-tone blue and white socks are good too. “I think it’s a cool look,” reliever Jim Miller said. “I just wish we had the cleats to go with it.”
The pants are short, so all of the A’s will be sporting the high-sock look. That’s something that Miller said he’ll get into the spirit of today, but he’s not one of the guys that goes retro very often. “I just don’t think I’m athletic enough to go pants up,” Miller said. “You’ll see. It’s probably not a good look.”
At any rate, I’m a fan of throwback uniforms. And I think players get into it, even if they’re not students of the history of baseball.
–This is a big game for the A’s. A win puts them at .500 going into the All-Star break, and though it would only be a one-game difference, a 43-43 record sure looks better in the standings than 42-44, wouldn’t you say? They face Felix Hernandez today, and you’ll remember that King Felix made his first three starts of the season against Oakland thanks to the crazy scheduling brought on by the Tokyo trip. He’s 1-1 in those starts, and he pitched very well in two of them. The A’s did get to him for six runs in his April 7 start at the Coliseum. Strangely, that’s the game where he got his ‘W’ against them.
–Brett Anderson threw a bullpen session today and it went well. The upcoming plan has him going to Phoenix to throw simulated games Wednesday and next Monday. If those go well, Anderson hopes he’ll be ready for a minor league rehab assignment after that. That seems to make an August return a real possibility for the lefty.
Brandon McCarthy will see a Dallas-area doctor over the All-Star break. He’s played catch a couple of times, but he had no update on when he’ll get back on the mound. I don’t think he wants to look too far down the road after all he’s been through …
A’s — Crisp CF, Weeks 2B, Reddick DH, Cespedes LF, Smith RF, Moss 1B, Norris C, Inge 3B, Pennington SS; Colon RHP.
M’s — Ackley 2B, Ichiro RF, Saunders CF, Jaso DH, Seager 3B, Wells LF, Smoak 1B, Olivo C, Ryan SS; Hernandez RHP.