If it ain’t broke, A’s don’t want to fix it

There’s a funny anecdote to share from Tuesday’s pregame scene at the Rogers Center. A’s manager Bob Melvin is an incredible creature of habit, and you better believe that gets intensified with his team rolling like it is and Melvin not wanting to change up his routine. He sat down in the dugout to chat with writers and then realized something: He hadn’t done his pregame radio interview with Ken Korach BEFORE talking to the writers, and he’d talked to Korach first every day since the A’s began this incredible run they’re on. Melvin actually excused himself, walked to the other side of the dugout and did his interview with Korach before returning to hold court with the print media. … Pretty classic, but not surprising. Whatever the A’s have working right now, they just want it to continue.

But Tuesday’s 7-2 victory at Toronto broke the mold from some of their past victories. You can read about that in my game story that should be posted very shortly.

A few things that jumped out from Tuesday if you weren’t watching:

–Chris Carter made a diving stop at first base and flip to Travis Blackley covering the bag that was the best defensive play I’ve seen him make since he was recalled to Oakland. Carter definitely seems more comfortable at first base. A’s manager Bob Melvin has said that he thinks the early success Carter had at the plate after being recalled from the minors has transferred over to his defensive play.

–The Blue Jays employed a “lefty shift” on Josh Reddick, with third baseman Brett Lawrie jogging over to shallow right field in the alignment. Reddick made them pay in the sixth, when he dropped a bunt single to the third-base side where no one was playing. It didn’t result in a run, but I’m surprised we don’t see more hitters do that on occasion to beat a shift.

–It was a great night in Toronto, so the roof was open at the Rogers Center. It’s a completely different feel in this ballpark when the sun is shining in. You feel like you’re in a different stadium. To be honest, I like the roof closed here. I wouldn’t want to cover indoor baseball for a full season in a dome, but for a short series, I like the change of pace. I feel the same way about Tropicana Field in Tampa Bay.

That’s all for now …

Joe Stiglich