The lowdown from Kauffman Stadium, as Tommy Lasorda is in the house (or on the field) as the A’s take batting practice. …
–Andrew Bailey threw a 30-pitch batting practice session and, for the first time, threw all of his pitches – fastball, curve, cutter, changeup. Manager Bob Geren said he looked good, as did Kevin Kouzmanoff, one of the hitters facing him. And Bailey said he felt good. His road back to the 25-man roster continues gradually. Next up will be a simulated game, which is different from throwing live BP – no protective screen in front of the mound, a count will be kept. It’s more of game situation. Bailey estimates he’ll throw “1 or 2” more times before heading off on a rehab assignment, but consider everything written in pencil.
–Dallas Braden will get a second and third opinion on his shoulder in the next few days. He’ll be examined by Dr. James Andrews in Pensacola, Fla., on Monday. Then he’ll see Dr. David Altchek, the Mets team doctor, in New York on Tuesday.
Tonight’s lineups on a perfect night for baseball in Kansas City:
A’s – Crisp CF, Barton 1B, DeJesus RF, Willingham LF, Matsui DH, Suzuki C, LaRoche 2B, Kouzmanoff 3B, Pennington SS; McCarthy RHP.
Royals – Getz 2B, Cabrera CF, Gordon LF, Butler DH, Francoeur RF, Hosmer 1B, Aviles 3B, Treanor C, Escobar SS; Hochevar RHP.