The Boston Red Sox and A’s are about to begin the finale of their three-game series. In the interim, here’s a few notes to tide you over until we have more to write about:
— Brandon Workman is making the first start of his major-league career today. He made his major-league debut Wednesday in relief. Workman, a right-hander, was Boston’s minor league pitcher of the year in 2012.
— Red Sox center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury arrived in Oakland as one of the game’s hottest hitters and riding a majors-best 19-game hitting streak. He went hitless the first two games of the three-game series.
— A’s manager Bob Melvin sympathized with what Giants manager Bruce Bochy endured during Tim Lincecum’s no-hitter Saturday night.
Lincecum needed 148 pitches to complete his first no-hitter. That’s the most pitches thrown by a Giants pitcher in 35 years.
“You’d like to be able to enjoy that, but I’m sure Bruce Bochy wasn’t enjoying that with (Lincecum’s) pitch count where it was,” Melvin said. “Again, it’s very difficult to take a guy out of a no-hitter. … I don’t blame him what he did last night. You want to see a guy like him get a no-hitter.”
Melvin hasn’t been in quite as dramatic a situation as what Bochy experienced three times in recent years, with Lincecum, Matt Cain and Jonathan Sanchez.
Yet, he recalled leaving in Guillermo Moscoso for 129 pitches in an attempt to get Moscoso a complete game.
“It’s tough,” Melvin said. “Nowadays, you just want to make sure you take care of those starting pitchers, who are awfully important to you.”
— Jim Leyland is adamant about not wanting to use pitchers in the All-Star Game that started games Sunday.
Colon started for the A’s on Sunday, which would seem to preclude him from getting the nod from American League manager Leyland on Tuesday.
Melvin said he is in lock step with Leyland’s hard-line stance.
“I don’t blame him,” Melvin said. “I wouldn’t want to put anybody in a position, especially a starting pitcher, like that. There are some complications that potentially come from that. Those aren’t your guys, so you definitely want to stay away from them. I don’t blame him at all.”
— Melvin said his players need the four-day break that comes with the All-Star Game.
“Everybody is ready for a break,” Melvin said. “We’ve put a lot into this thing. We’ve been in (many) close games. … Everybody knows where the All-Star break is on the schedule.”
— Injured starting pitcher Brett Anderson might throw off a mound on the next road trip, Melvin said.
Once Anderson reaches the next step in his recovery from a right ankle sprain, Melvin will have a better grasp on Anderson’s time frame for a return.