Here’s tonight’s lineups, with a lengthier update to come shortly. The Coliseum parking lot has already been filling for quite some time, and it’s great weather right now as the A’s begin batting practice. Sunny, though a bit breezy …
A’s — Crisp CF, Drew SS, Cespedes LF, Moss 1B, Reddick RF, Donaldson 3B, Smith DH, Norris C, Pennington 2B; Anderson LHP.
Tigers — Jackson CF, Infante 2B, Cabrera 3B, Fielder 1B, Young DH, Peralta SS, Dirks LF, Garcia RF, Laird C; Sanchez RHP.
Bob Melvin stuck mostly with the lineup from Games 1 and 2, as he said he would likely do. He has confidence in this group breaking through.
–The big question tonight, of course, is how effective Brett Anderson will be in his first start since Sept. 19. Melvin says he doesn’t see too much in the way of a pitch-count limitation on the lefty. I think if Anderson can avoid a rough start that forces Melvin to yank him early, he will find a groove and keep it a close game. But another issue to consider is how well Anderson will field his position coming off his oblique injury. Will the Tigers test him by dropping a few bunts? Typically, they’re not a big bunting team. That’s one aspect to watch however …
–Down 2-0 in this best-of-five series, Melvin said the A’s just need to focus on tonight.
“If you look at it like we have to win all three of these games, it’s probably not the right way to look at it,” Melvin said. “You deal with tomorrow, tomorrow. It’s much less daunting to think about that than to think we have to win three games and we have (Justin) Verlander in the last game.”