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While you were sleeping: A’s look back at 19-inning wackiness

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.

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PREGAME NOTES: A’s lineup, plus injury upates on Crisp, Young and Lowrie

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.

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PREGAME NOTES: Rosales reinstated from D.L., Cespedes expected to be back Sunday, Reggie headlines ’73 anniversary

Hey, everyone, it’s Dan Brown filling in for John Hickey (@mercbrownie or dbrown@mercurynews.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.’’’

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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.

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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 –

Reggie Jackson

Rollie Fingers

Vida Blue

Sal Bando

Bert Campaneris

Ray Fosse

Ken Holtzman

Darold Knowles

John “Blue Moon” Odom

Joe Rudi

Gene Tenace

Pat Bourque

Billy Conigliaro

Dick Green

Ted Kubiak

Billy North

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.

 

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Thursday’s A’s lineup vs. Baltimore

Hey, everyone. It’s Dan Brown (@mercbrownie) pinch-hitting for John Hickey. You can reach me directly at dbrown@mercurynews.com

Here are tonight’s lineups as well as a few early notes — and your trivia question o’ the day.

Trivia question: Shortstop Jed Lowrie has 30 hits this month, leaving him three short of the A’s record for most hits in April. Which two players hold the current mark?(Hint: One player did it in 1994 and the other in ’98) Answer below.

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