Hey, everyone, it’s Dan Brown filling in for John Hickey (@mercbrownie or email@example.com)
Here are a few more pregame notes for A’s vs. Orioles at 7:05 p.m. tonight from the Coliseum:
Yoenis Cespedes is on the clock …
With infielder Adam Rosales (strained left intercostal) activated today, the countdown begins for the next guy off the disabled list. Manager Bob Melvin said Cespedes would return Sunday, assuming the outfielder’s rehab games in Sacramento go smoothly starting tonight.
Cespedes (muscle strain in left hand) went on the D.L. on April 13 – a development that hurt in more ways than one. The A’s are 8-2 with him in the lineup and 5-7 when he doesn’t start. It was much the same last year, when Oakland was 82-46 when Cespedes started and 12-22 when he didn’t.
“He’s a force in our lineup,’’ Melvin said. “Even when he’s not swinging the bat well, he’s a presence and the other guys don’t feel like they have to be ‘The Guy.’’’
# # #
Melvin indicated that Rosales would at second base Friday against left-hander Wei-Yin Chen. Rosales, who started the year on the D.L., said he feels 100 percent again. The last hurdle for him was being able to pivot and make a strong throw and he now says he’s able to make that “explosive” movement without discomfort.
# # #
The 1973 World Champions are Swingin’ back into the Coliseum this weekend. The two-day celebration (Friday and Saturday) will feature appearances by some of the colorful characters who captured the second of the A’s three straight championships.
Here’s an itinerary provided by the A’s:
Friday: There will be special ’73 autograph sessions in the Bar & Grille (formerly called the Westside Club) with various members of the team, with proceeds benefitting the Jim “Catfish” Hunter ALS Foundation. A limited number of tickets priced at $20 will go on sale at 5:35 p.m.outside the Bar & Grille doors, near Section 217, with the autograph session beginning at6:15 p.m.
Saturday: A pre-game on-field reunion begins at 12:30 p.m. Ten thousand fans in attendance will receive a Reggie Jackson bobblehead and Jackson will throw out the ceremonial first pitch of the game.
The players expected to be on hand –
John “Blue Moon” Odom
Irv Noren (coach)
Wes Stock (coach)
Monte Moore (broadcaster)
More information about the 1973 World Series Reunion can be found online a www.oaklandathletics.com/1973.