Pretty uneventful around the A’s clubhouse leading up to tonight’s game. A replay of the 1989 ALCS playoff series between Oakland and Toronto was on the TV, and players were kidding w/Mike Gallego. Gallego is currently the team’s third-base coach, but back then, he was playing second base for the team and sporting traces of a mullet (not that mullets were unusual on the ’89 A’s). It’s amazing how ancient those old films look now, particularly the TV graphics. Didn’t seem that way then …
On to the news …
The A’s claimed lefty reliever Craig Breslow off waivers from the Minnesota Twins today. He’s expected to arrive tomorrow, and will be the team’s lone lefty in the ‘pen. Manager Bob Geren usually downplays the need for having a set number of lefties or righties, but he acknowledged it would be nice having a lefty specialist of sorts. Breslow’s splits aren’t drastic: Lefties are hitting .211 against him, righties .226. Last year, he had a 1.91 ERA in 49 appearances combined with Cleveland and Minnesota. One thing to watch: He walked 11 in 14 1/3 innings this season w/the Twins.
Nomar Garciaparra (right calf) was not activated from the DL today, as he said the team wanted to save him from playing on the artificial surface of Tropicana Field. This turf has been tough on some A’s players with back problems in the past. But Garciaparra said he had a very good day of work yesterday and that he thinks he can be activated this weekend against Arizona.
Your A’s lineup:
Cabrera SS; Suzuki C; Cust DH; Holliday LF; Giambi 1B; Kennedy 2B; Crosby 3B; Cunningham RF; Davis CF; Anderson P.
And for the Rays:
Upton CF; Crawford LF; Longoria 3B; Pena 1B; Bartlett SS; Aybar DH; Iwamura 2B; Kapler RF; Navarro C; Kazmir P.