The A’s face an AL Central team for the first time in regular-season play in 19 months. OK, Miguel Cabrera and…hmmmm, there are several names I recognize but without looking at the roster it’s tough to name more than a half-dozen; Robbie Grossman is leading off and DHing tonight, and this is where Renato Núñez has landed for now, at 1B hitting fifth tonight.
Detroit has been a parade of Ford Pintos in the American League in recent years, with four consecutive seasons concluding at under .400. The sweep of the Astros in Houston earlier this week brings them to Oakland at 6-6.
I’ll have to keep setting my alarm to be ready for these 6:40 p.m. start times.
Tonight at 6:40: Manaea vs. LHP Tarik Skubal
Friday at 6:40: Montas vs. RHP José Ureña (Angel Hernandez should work home plate in this game)
Saturday at 1:07: Irvin vs. RHP and #1 overall draft choice Casey Mize
Sunday at 1:07: Bassitt vs. LHP Matthew Boyd