Back for Game 2 of A’s-Twins at Target Field …
Coco Crisp is hurting with a sore left shoulder, suffered in his first at-bat last night, and we should have known something was bothering him from some of those swings he took against Francisco Liriano. So Crisp is out of the A’s lineup. He’s day-to-day, and manager Bob Melvin said he will likely rest Crisp tomorrow as well. With Monday’s day off, it would give Crisp three days of rest and he would be re-evaluated after that. Oakland is short on center fielders right now. Yoenis Cespedes is at DH again because he’s having trouble catching the ball with his sore left thumb. So Josh Reddick is manning center tonight. He’s started four games there this year and also played there with Boston. But right field is his best spot, so keep an eye on how he fares there. Brandon Moss is playing right field and Chris Carter is at first — the rare instance when Moss and Carter will be in the lineup together. Carter is piecing together some nice at-bats, so I’m not surprised Melvin feels OK playing him against a right-hander in Cole De Vries.
Collin Cowgill, on the DL with a sprained ankle, played nine innings with Triple-A Sacramento last night and he’ll play again Sunday and Monday. If Crisp misses extended time, Cowgill becomes a pretty important factor for this team, I would think.
A’s — Weeks 2B, Smith LF, Reddick CF, Cespedes DH, Moss RF, Carter 1B, Inge 3B, Pennington SS, Suzuki C; Milone LHP.
Twins — Span CF, Revere RF, Mauer C, Willingham LF, Morneau 1B, Plouffe 3B, Doumit DH, Dozier SS, Carroll 2B; De Vries RHP.
–Melvin was asked about how he’ll handle hot-hitting Twins cleanup man Josh Willingham, who is terrorizing the A’s this season. It sounds as if the A’s might pitch around him when possible tonight. “You always try to be aware and careful with guys that are hot,” Melvin said. “He is surrounded by a couple left-handed hitters, and with a lefty on the mound, we’ll see how we play it. But you’re always cognizant of who’s hurting you at the time.”