With the club looking to a avoid a three-game sweep at the hands of the Houston Astros, Sonny Gray (0-1, 1.80 ERA) gets the call for the Oakland A’s.
The rookie right-hander took the loss on Saturday in his starting debut as the team fell 5-4 to the Toronto Blue Jays. The 2011 first-round pick went six innings allowing four runs, of which just two were earned as he gave up four hits, issued three walks and recorded six strikeouts.
Eric Bedard (3-8, 4.28 ERA) takes the mound for the Astros. Houston has lost each of the past seven games that the veteran left-hander has started, but in his four most recent outings Bedard has delivered three quality starts.
Josh Donaldson, who was 1-for-4 last night, is a .346 hitter (18-for-52) in his career against the Astros. The third baseman was wearing wraps on his left shoulder and lower back in the clubhouse before the game.
Catcher Derek Norris returns to the lineup for the A’s. The catcher hasn’t played since Saturday in Toronto. Outfielder Chris Young appeared to be in good spirits the morning after he was robbed of a possible walk off home run. The outfielder joked and ate breakfast with Coco Crisp.
Manager Bob Melvin mentioned during his pre game interview that the club was hoping to have the leadoff man back in the lineup tomorrow.
John Jaso was also back with the team and Melvin said that the catcher is definitely “frustrated” with how long his recovery has taken.
Jed Lowrie, who has last night off aside from a pinch hit appearance, gets another half day as he is the DH. Melvin noted that the switch-hitter is still “a little sore.”
Melvin also said that the organization has given starting pitcher Gray a “lot of responsibility” and moved him up through the system quickly before adding:
“Not only us, but the fan base is looking forward to watching him pitch in Oakland for the first time.”
About the potential changes to the league’s instant replay system and the addition of manager’s reviews:
“I’m not sure where the flags come into play,” said Melvin. “I won’t comment until it’s official, but it doesn’t sound like a bad thing to me.”
The manager also said that he has seen progression in the at-bats of Josh Reddick since his five-home run outburst in Toronto.
“I’m seeing better at-bats. Certainly the confidence level is up. We need him.”
On getting thrown out of last night’s game:
“I can’t get thrown out of that game. I wasn’t there to do my job.”
On the recent struggles of the team that has lost nine of 13 and is 11-13 since the All-Star Break:
“Actually, we’re in a better position than last year. You have to stay confident, and to have the tenacity.”