It’s no typical day at the Coliseum, with the A’s capable of clinching a postseason berth with a victory tonight, and the division title possible sweep of the Rangers. The media turnout alone suggested how big this series is. Bob Melvin was absolutely swarmed during his pregame briefing, with several of the questions focused on Brett Anderson but others dealing with this season as a whole, and how the team approaches tonight knowing what awaits with a victory. I gotta give Melvin credit. He fields a lot of questions on a day like this that are a repeat of the stuff he’s been asked much of the season. He never acts like it’s a pain in the rear, and tries to give a quality answer each time. That’s worth points to reporters — those that cover the team on a regular basis and those who don’t.
–It sounds like Brett Anderson is an option to start Friday’s potential wild card game. He threw about 50 pitches off the mound today and said his arm felt really good. The oblique felt good too, but he and Melvin both stressed that a key is how Anderson feels tomorrow after such a strenuous day of activity. It’s his first time throwing off the mound since he left a Sept. 19 game after straining his right oblique. Melvin stressed that the A’s are not going to rush Anderson to the mound Friday if he’s not ready physically, so by no means should we be penciling in the lefty. Tommy Milone is on turn to pitch that day, and if Anderson isn’t ready, I’m not sure I see the A’s tweaking the rotation any other way to start someone else. Of course, if Jarrod Parker comes out tonight and throws a gem, maybe they consider bringing him back on three days’ rest. Milone said before the game he hadn’t been told anything yet about Friday.
A’s — Crisp CF, Gomes DH, Cespedes LF, Carter 1B, Reddick RF, Donaldson 3B, Drew SS, Norris C, Rosales 2B; Parker RHP.
Tex — Kinsler 2B, Andrus SS, Hamilton CF, Beltre DH, Cruz RF, Young 3B, Murphy LF, Napoli C, MOreland 1B; Perez LHP.