First, let's recap the A's roster moves in response to yesterday's game. As I had anticipated, for now the news is light:
#Athletics recall Evan Scribner from Sacramento; option Dan Straily to Sacramento— Oakland Athletics (@Athletics) April 30, 2013
Scribner joins Doolittle, Cook, and potentially Resop as being available to throw today if needed. I'm sure Blevins, Neshek, and Balfour are all but unavailable today. In either case, pray to all based gods that Jarrod Parker has a much better start today than he has been having lately. If not for yourself, then for Melvin and the bullpen.
The word recently came down via the beat writers that the bench is not as thin as it once looked, but not looking great either. Lowrie is available off the bench, but it appears Young is "potentially" available to pinch hit, and Crisp's status is uncertain. Those two will be evaluated in the next couple of days. That leaves Nate Freiman as the primary backup. If you are the entropic type take note: if there is ever a game where Cespedes gets a chance to play SS, it's tonight.
The Angels have done the opposite of the A's, shoring up their bench but not doing much for their bullpen. Erick Aybar was activated from the DL and Scott Cousins was called up, and Peter Bourjos will go on the DL with swingman Michael Roth taking the trip back to Salt Lake. I assume Jerome Williams is unavailable, but others should be good to go.
Here are the makeshift lineups:
I'll get the coffee ready. Time to take the series!