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A’s go for sweep against the Red Sox

Tyson Ross was spotted in the clubhouse this morning. He was sent to Triple-A on Aug. 24, which makes him eligible to be recalled Monday. A’s manager Bob Melvin said he likely will be, so Ross will be joining the bullpen in his new relief duties.

Here’s the lineups for this series finale between the A’s and Red Sox:

A’s — Crisp CF, Smith DH, Reddick RF, Cespedes LF, Moss 1B, Donaldson 3B, Drew SS, Norris C, Pennington 2B; Anderson LHP.

Sox — Ciriaco LF, Podsednik CF, Pedroia 2B, Ross RF, Gomez 3B, Lavarnway C, Aviles DH, Loney 1B, Iglesias SS; Matsuzaka RHP.

–Melvin considers Brandon Inge a pinch-hitting option until Inge leaves the team to have season-ending shoulder surgery, and Inge reiterated that he will stay ready if called upon. His shoulder hurts him badly when throwing, but it isn’t so much of an issue swinging the bat. Inge said he’ll have his surgery in Michigan, to be performed by Dr. Steven Lemos, who has also performed surgery on Inge’s knees. Inge plans to have the procedure when the A’s go on the road for this next trip that starts Friday.

Inge will be a free agent after the season, and he said he would love to return to the A’s in 2013. “Obviously, I’d love to come back here. I’ve had the best time, the best year here. Maybe not numbers-wise, but I’m just saying I’ve had the best time here with these guys.”

Figure a couple of factors will play into whether the A’s consider re-signing Inge. 1) How does Josh Donaldson perform throughout September and (possibly) the postseason? He’s getting a chance to show he’s a suitable long-term third base option. 2) How does Scott Sizemore rebound from knee surgery that has sidelined him this entire season? You can’t forget about that guy …

That’s all for now …

Joe Stiglich