It’s Dan Brown (@mercbrownie) with a guest post for John Hickey:
Delighted as Brandon Moss was by his 19th-inning walk-off homer in the wee hours Tuesday morning, he was no better than the sixth happiest creature from his own household.
Moss’ entire family – wife, sister, two kids and miniature pinscher named Luger – had been waiting in the car for more than 4 hours waiting … and waiting … for the dang game to end.
Hey, everyone. It’s Dan Brown (@mercbrownie) filling in for John Hickey.
First, a quick injury roundup because the A’s 19-inning victory on Monday night took its toll.
Outfielders Coco Crisp (hamstring) and Chris Young (quadriceps) are out of the lineup against the Angels tonight and could be out a few days. Manager Bob Melvin said the A’s are in wait-and-see mode on both players with the hope that they can avoid the disabled list.
Dan Straily stood up, looked at the questioner and asked, “did I pitch in this game?’’
That’s the kind of night it was for the A’s. Straily, called up from Triple-A because Brett Anderson’s sprained right ankle was keeping him from pitching, started and went the first 4.2 innings of a 19-inning game that lasted a club-record six hours, 32 minutes.
“I feel like I watched the entire game on TV,’’ Straily said. “It was a great one to watch.’’
A’s reliever Jerry Blevins was impressed that veteran NBA center Jason Collins came out as gay Monday.
So much so that he tweeted this:
@JerryBlevins_13: Good for you, Jason Collins. #strength #courage #pride
Later, Blevins expanded on his tweet.
If there was an unsung hero in the A’s bringing a streak of eight losses in nine games to a close Sunday, his name would be Jerry Blevins.
All he did was get three outs. What’s the big deal you say?
Well, he got the win, so that counts for something.
How important can one player be on a 25-man roster?
The A’s may be about to find out. If past experience is any guide, the return of Yoenis Cespedes Sunday could be a sign that happy days may once more be here again.
Oakland went 9-2 out of the starting blocks with Cespedes in the lineup before he injured his left wrist. They have not been the same team since.
Darren Sabedra here closing out the day as a fill-in for John Hickey. I just filed my final-version game story and thought I’d drop a few notes here before I head to the parking lott.
The 1973 World Series champion A's take the field during a pregame ceremony Saturday at O.co Coliseum.
The Baltimore Sun had an interesting nugget in its postgame notes from Friday.
Filling in for the John Hickey out here at the Coliseum this afternoon. Here are the lineups for today’s game as the A’s try to snap a skid in which they have lost seven of their past eight.
Jed Lowrie was confronted with something odd Friday.
He came to the Coliseum and saw his name in the lineup, as usual.
He was listed as the second baseman, which was anything but usual. He was a semi-regular second baseman with the Red Sox back in 2010, but he’d only played one game there since, that in 2011.