Lefty Dillon Overton returns to the A’s rotation Tuesday against Houston.
Dillon Overton will be coming off a long break to jump back into the A’s starting rotation Tuesday against the Astros.
The A’s rookie lefty had been preparing for a Monday start for Triple-A Nashville, but his ticket to Oakland got punched when Rich Hill came out of his Sunday start after throwing just five pitches thanks to a blister. Tuesday’s original starter, Sean Manaea, wound up throwing five innings of relief against the Blue Jays.
The Nashville Sounds were just getting back from the Triple-A All-Star break, so Overton said he had only thrown a pair of bullpen sessions in the last week when he got the word Sunday he was Oakland-bound.
Coco Crisp is now the fifth most successful thief in A’s history
Coco Crisp has been around long enough to be hanging with some exalted company.
Just take his 11th inning stolen base Wednesday. It was the 145th of his Oakland career. That moves him past Reggie Jackson and into fifth place in the A’s all-time stolen base rankings.
Is that a big deal?
“No, not for me,’’ Crisp said after the A’s 12-inning, 5-4 loss to the Angels. “Not because it’s Reggie, but I’m just not into (numbers) that much.’’
There is some nice news out of the Pacific Northwest in that A’s reliever Sean Doolittle is one of the 10 finalists for the Hutch Award.
For those of you who haven’t heard of this particular award, it’s a big deal, if for no other reason that the names who have won it already – the first three winners were Mickey Mantle, Sandy Koufax and Carl Yastrzemski. In all, 11 members of the Hall of Fame have been given the award, given to a Major League player who “best exemplified the fighting spirit and competitive desire of Fred Hutchinson by persevering through adversity.’’
Comcast SportsNet California just released the A’s 2010 television schedule. They’re showing 145 regular-season games (plus two exhibitions), with all the regular-season games in high-definition for the first time.
Also, former A’s third baseman (and Giants hitting coach) Carney Lansford joins the broadcast team as a pregame and postgame analyst. He’ll join Mindi Bach, Matt Morrison and Shooty Babitt on camera.