Dave Cameron breaks down the pathetic season of one of our division rivals. I personally think that a lot of their struggles have to do with Scioscia's mismanagement. A competent manager probably wouldn't have them as a contender, but I think they would be much closer to .500.
— Melissa Lockard (@oakclubhouse) August 26, 2013
Well, there's that.
On this day a year ago, the A's had a rare Sunday off because the Republican National Convention was being held in Tampa. The series was an odd Thursday-to-Saturday set. The A's won the final two with a Friday night thriller and a solid start from Brandon McCarthy.
Tonight's starting lineup is out, with Daric Barton batting eighth. Eric Sogard appears to have the night off, and Josh Reddick is presumably headed to the DL. The bench is yet to be listed, but it will most likely show Sogard, Chris Young, Nate Freiman and Kurt Suzuki on the bench.