A’s, Melvin enjoy impressing big crowds, even dogs

Josh Donaldson gave A's fans (human and canine) a reason to go home happy Friday night. (Staff photo/Jose Carlos Fajardo)

Josh Donaldson gave A’s fans (human and canine) a reason to go home happy Friday night. (Staff photo/Jose Carlos Fajardo)

Not much in the way of pregame news today from A’s manager Bob Melvin. Josh Reddick, who homered for the Stockton Ports last night, will play twice more with them and they’ll discuss the next move after Sunday’s game. Coco Crisp, bothered by a neck injury, will D.H. tonight. The neck figures to bother him for a little while. There’s still no timetable for Kyle Blanks, who has been able to do some running on the field.

Melvin did speak again about how much he enjoys his team putting on a show when the A’s do have a big crowd on hand. Last night, 27,232 were in the house and were rewarded with Josh Donaldson’s walk-off home run. With it being Bark at the Park night and dogs on hand, Melvin hopes to have snagged a few future customers.

“We want to play well in front of every big crowd here because we want to get as many people in the seats that we can,” Melvin said. “When the people are out here, you want to give them something to bring them back. There were dogs and everybody here last night. It wasn’t just people. So maybe some of those dogs will be asking their owners to come back.”

The A’s will have another big crowd Saturday for the reunion of the 1989 World Series champion team, so we’ll see if they can again impress the big crowd.

Here’s the lineups…


RF Nick Markakis
LF Steve Pearce
CF Adam Jones
DH Nelson Cruz
1B Chris Davis
SS J.J. Hardy
3B Manny Machado
C Nick Hundley
2B Jonathan Schoop
LHP Wei-Yin Chen (9-3, 4.15 ERA)


DH Coco Crisp
CF Craig Gentry
LF Yoenis Cespedes
3B Josh Donaldson
C Derek Norris
SS Jed Lowrie
RF Brandon Moss
1B Nate Freiman
2B Nick Punto
RHP Jason Hammel (0-1, 3.60 ERA)



Jimmy Durkin

Jimmy Durkin is a sports writer for the Bay Area News Group.