Collin Cowgill gets “his turn to shine” for A’s

It’s a beautiful night for baseball at Yankee Stadium, and lots of East Coast reporters continue to take interest and share their amazement in the A’s season to this point.

Tonight’s lineups, with a surprise name in the A’s leadoff spot

Oak — Cowgill CF, Gomes DH, Reddick RF, Cespedes LF, Carter 1B, Donaldson 3B, Norris C, Drew SS, Rosales 2B; Parker RHP.

NY — Jeter DH, Swisher RF, Cano 2B, Rodriguez 3B, Granderson CF, Martin C, Chavez 1B, Ichiro LF, Nunez SS; Sabathia LHP.

With Coco Crisp out again with pink eye — Bob Melvin says he continues to improve, but not enough to play — Collin Cowgill gets just his second start since being recalled Sept. 1. It’s a pretty big stage to throw him in the lineup, but Stephen Drew hasn’t exactly tore it up in the top spot with Crisp out. Cowgill is an excitable guy and he can provide some energy, and surely that goes into Melvin’s thinking. It’s also worth noting that Cowgill is 3 for 3 for his career against Sabathia.

“He does have a little bit of history with him,” Melvin said. “We’ll start him out there and see where it goes. We certainly have options off the bench if the pitching goes in a different direction. He’s probably the only other true leadoff hitter we’ve got against a left-hander. It’s his turn to shine today.”

That quote doesn’t provide a ringing endorsement of Jemile Weeks at this point, does it?

–The A’s get the kind of exposure in the Big Apple they just can’t find elsewhere. Jerry Blevins and A.J. Griffin visited the MLB Fan Cave today and then spent some time in Washington Square asking random people if they wanted to learn how to do the ‘Bernie Lean.’

“I was teaching people how to Bernie, even though I suck at it,” Griffin said.

But apparently he doesn’t suck as a musician. Griffin grabbed an acoustic guitar while at the Fan Cave and played a solo rendition of Led Zeppelin’s “Your Time Is Gonna Come.” The man continues to surprise …

“I didn’t know he could do that,” Blevins said. “He’s got a good voice too.”

Griffin said he’s been playing guitar since he was 12 but was never in a band. He owns three guitars right now — one acoustic, two electric — and plays when he can during the season.

As for the ‘Bernie’ footage, it should be available in the near future …

Joe Stiglich