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Game 154 pre-game notes: Cook has a bullpen therapy session with Melvin, Young

In for John Hickey …

Struggling reliever Ryan Cook worked in the bullpen well before the game under the observation of Bob Melvin and Curt Young. The A’s know they have to get Cook straightened out before the playoffs, but Melvin is confident that will happen.

“If you remember, he went through one of these last year and he got through it,” Melvin said. “He’s a competitor and it bothers him when he’s not contributing how he’d like to. So he’s going to fight his way through it, and he’ll get through it. Sean Doolittle went through a little bit of a tough time, and so will Cookie.”

Melvin said that Cook’s stuff. which is still very good, is one positive indicator that this is just part mechanical, part mental, and that could snap out of it at any time.

“I believe it’s only going to take one good outing and he’ll be off to the races again,” Melvin said. “If we felt like he was hanging his breaking ball every time or he was getting so out of whack that his velocity was going down, then we’d have a real issue. I think it’s just about him not worrying so much about stuff that goes on. He just got a little frustrated with himself.”

Quickies …

– Nate Freiman normally would be starting against Twins lefty Andrew Albers tonight but he has an abdominal strain near his obiique that’s been bothering him the past few days, so it’s Daric Barton in at first.

– Yoenis Cespedes is in the lineup as the DH, but he’s still not throwing yet, even during warmups. Melvin said it could be a few days before Cespedes is back in left field.

– John Jaso continues to step up his baseball activity. He caught Fernando Rodriguez on the side today and he’ll soon head to the instructional league to get some at-bats. Said Melvin, “Whether or not he’s able to get back with us this year, I’m not sure. But for peace of mind, even going into the offseason knowing he’s gotten over this hurdle will give him some confidence and reassurance going into next year.”

– Since he managed in Arizona, I asked Melvin what he thought of the Dodgers’ division-clinching pool party at Chase Field. “It looked like a lot of fun,” he said. “That’s about as far as I’ll go with it.”

–Got a chance to chat briefly with Terry Steinbach, who is now the Twins’ bench coach, before the game. One of the nicest guys I’ve ever covered. And Ken Korach makes the case that pre-Posey, Steinbach may be the best catcher we’ve seen on either side of the bay. I hadn’t really thought about that, but he may be right.

Carl Steward

  • SilverandBlack666

    Go A’s!

  • SilverandBlack666

    7-0 right now!!

  • http://raiders.com/ Crawfish Joe

    Is it safe?

  • http://raiders.com/ Crawfish Joe

    How can anybody not support Pryor as our QB?

  • SilverandBlack666

    If you are a Raider fan then you embrace the legacy of Al Davis! Any fan would love for Pryor to be great for that and many reasons.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Competition. And on an A’s site, no less.

  • Jim Jesus

    Dr Dumbass show up yet? That guy is a head case nut job, narrisistic POS.
    A’s stompin that Twins but right now.

  • kenchun24

    No offense being meant to Chihauhau owners,but I chuckled a bit at that story about Taiwan’s dogs getting loose on a toy dog. Just the visual whilst reading it. Guess Taiwan has lost some speed. Is there a Brentwood in the Bay Area? I live in Los Angeles and immediately pictured some MILFy Brentwood lady’s Chihuahua going down.

  • Jim Jesus

    Can Jesus post on a Satan(666) thread. I once lived at 999 center street, just sayin. LOL

  • http://raiders.com/ Crawfish Joe

    RAIDERS!

  • kenchun24

    Gah!! Boise State is back in it…but missed conversion for 2…

  • kenchun24

    Why not?!

  • whoknows

    RAIDERS!!!

  • kenchun24

    Nooooo! gonna get backdoored on my Fresno pick…

  • http://raiders.com/ Crawfish Joe

    Always wanted Darth Vader for our HC.

  • the famous dr robert

    Any whack job impostors over here?

  • kenchun24

    Ridiculous last 4 mins Fresno Sate…SMH.

  • the famous dr robert

    I hadn’t even been here and ur talking about me. No wonder my impostor is jealous.

  • the famous dr robert

    Cuz he sucks.

  • Jim Jesus

    liking this better already.

  • the famous dr robert

    Kinda weird how u have to scroll thru to see new posts that are on old threads.

  • SilverandBlack666

    He!! yes you can Jim…

  • http://raiders.com/ Crawfish Joe

    Raiders 37 Denver 20

  • SilverandBlack666

    RRRAAIIIDDEERRSS!!!!!

  • …And Justice for AL

    Is this thing on…. Testing…. Testing…

  • …And Justice for AL

    What’s it going to take for you admit your wrong? When he takes us to the playoffs next year?

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    If no one else will, I;ll go find it!

  • kenchun24

    Woohoo! Fresno State held on!

  • the famous dr robert

    for him to play one good game.

  • the famous dr robert

    this place will take some getting used to

  • the famous dr robert

    so it’s easy to see new posts unless they are replies. so that sucks cuz u might miss something good. but it looks like u get a message if someone replies to u.

    basically i don;t think it’s designed to handle a thousand posts a night like the old one.

  • Jim Jesus

    BWAHHAHAHABWWWAA See a beer and a blunt in our future. Need to get back and hit a game some time.

  • Jim Jesus

    Anyone posting about our Swingin A’s?

  • the insidious dr robert

    looks like if u change ur handle, all ur posts become that. good.

  • the insidious dr robert

    is it necessary to refresh here or does it auto update?

  • the insidious dr robert

    this place has been ransacked by Raiders. the autumn wind is a Raider….we are pillaging this site for fun.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Swingin A’s only posted about on the 49er’s site.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    The ignore function does work. Cool.

  • http://raiders.com/ Crawfish Joe

    Really like the new Raider web site.

  • http://raiders.com/ Crawfish Joe

    Pryor 2013. It’s on baby!

  • the insidious dr robert

    where is it?

  • the insidious dr robert

    this u?

  • http://raiders.com/ Crawfish Joe

    It’s on!

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    You saw my pic.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    It will become out piccing or GIFfing and I’ll hang, but nice knowing you all. You’ll never guess what my user name is at SandBPride.

  • http://raiders.com/ Crawfish Joe

    Purvisman?

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    You cheated.

    Since 10/18/08
    Must have been a boring birthday.

  • SilverandBlack666

    Imagine me and you (Jesus and Satan) together at a Raider game drinking beer smoking a blunt! Only at a Raider game!

  • SilverandBlack666

    Purv put up a picture of your Llama for us…

  • jumpnjiminy

    Oh for god’s sake!