Greetings from San Diego

Now I know why so many hitters complain about Petco Park: 400 feet to right center, 401 to left-center. Wow …

Rajai Davis gets the nod again in center field for the A’s over Ryan Sweeney, not a surprise w/lefty Wade LeBlanc pitching for San Diego. Bob Geren said tomorrow night would likely be Sweeney’s first start since coming off the disabled list. Other than that, the lineup looks fairly standard, which is more than you can say for the Padres. Manager Bud Black is batting LeBlanc in the No. 8 spot, with shortstop Everth Cabrera ninth. It’s the first time in Padres history a pitcher has batted anywhere other than the No. 9 spot. Black told the San Diego media that he likes Cabrera’s speed and ability to turn the lineup over and get something going. Tony LaRussa has batted his pitchers eighth on occasion in the recent past, so this isn’t unheard of. But bizarre nonetheless …

As for the A’s, they’re looking for any ideas to generate a little more offense. They’ve averaged just three runs per game over the last 11 contests, and are 8-16 against left-handed starters, worst in the American League. We’ll see if they can turn the tide against LeBlanc.

The lineups:
Kennedy 2B
Suzuki C
Cust RF
Holliday LF
Giambi 1B
O. Cabrera SS
Crosby 3B
Davis CF
Outman P

Gwynn CF
Eckstein 2B
A. Gonzalez 1B
Kouzmanoff 3B
Headley LF
E. Gonzalez RF
Alfonzo C
LeBlanc P
E. Cabrera SS