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Game Thread #36: A's vs. Nationals

The A's homestand continues against the Washington Nationals with Tommy Milone facing Doug Fister.

"And then I said, Fister? I barely know her!" (ALWAYS FUNNY)
"And then I said, Fister? I barely know her!" (ALWAYS FUNNY)
Brad Barr-USA TODAY Sports

From the Coliseum, the Oakland Athletics face the Washington Nationals with the first pitch at 7:05 pm Pacific Time. This is Oakland's first interleague game of the 2014 campaign. Oakland enters the game with a 20-15 record to lead the American League Western Division, 1.5 games ahead of the Seattle Mariners, 2 ahead of the Texas Rangers, and 3 ahead of the Los Angeles Angels. The Nationals arrive in the midst of a thus-far extremely close National League Eastern Division, with the Miami Marlins leading by 0.5, the Atlanta Braves trailing by 0.5, the Mets by 2.5, and the Phillies by 3.5.

For the Nationals tonight, Doug Fister makes his 2014 and Nationals debut after starting the year on the disabled list with right elbow inflammation and a strained right lat muscle. With the Detroit Tigers in 2013, Fister was 14-9 with a 3.67 ERA over 208⅔ innings. The Nationals acquired Fister from the Detroit Tigers for Ian Krol, Steve Lombardozzi, and Robbie Ray. In two rehab starts, Fister has given up two earned runs in 7⅔ innings. At the Coliseum, Fister is 2-3 with a 2.41 ERA in 33⅔ innings.

Tommy Milone starts for the Athletics this evening with an 0-3 mark and 5.86 ERA. Milone has historically pitched well at the Coliseum, however, and sports a 12-8 mark with a 3.08 ERA in 172⅔ innings. Milone faces his former team for the first time, having arrived in 2012 as part of the trade for Gio Gonzalez.

Today's Lineups

Denard Span - CF John Jaso - DH
Anthony Rendon - 3B Jed Lowrie - SS
Jayson Werth - RF Josh Donaldson - 3B
Adam LaRoche - DH Brandon Moss - 1B
Wilson Ramos - C Yoenis Cespedes - LF
Ian Desmond - SS Josh Reddick - RF
Scott Hairston - LF Derek Norris - C
Danny Espinosa - 2B Eric Sogard - 2B
Kevin Frandsen - 1B Craig Gentry - CF

  • John Jaso and Jed Lowrie were flipped around from the lineup card announced prior to the pitching transactions made today.
  • Derek Norris and John Jaso are in the same lineup.
  • Alberto Callaspo no longer appear to be the hot bat and does not appear.
  • Bryce Harper remains on the disabled list.

Bullpen Watch

Fernando Rodriguez and Joe Savery replace Ryan Cook and Drew Pomeranz in the bullpen, with Cook on the disabled list and Pomeranz entering the starting rotation, in line to start Tuesday against the Chicago White Sox. Both teams had an off-day Thursday.

Washington Nationals
Pitcher Hand IP ERA Wednesday Recent Use
Rafael Soriano R 13.0 0.00 14 pitches Off Tuesday
Tyler Clippard R 15.0 2.40 1 pitch Off Tuesday
Drew Storen R 10.2 0.84 Not used 3 days off
Craig Stammen R 19.1 3.26 Not used 2 days off
Aaron Barrett R 10.2 0.84 Not used 2 days off
Ross Detwiler L 15.2 4.02 Not used 2 days off
Jerry Blevins L 15.1 2.93 10 pitches Off Tuesday
Oakland Athletics
Pitcher Hand IP ERA Wednesday Recent Use
Jim Johnson R 15.1 4.11 16 pitches 2 of last 3 days
Luke Gregerson R 18.0 2.50 15 pitches 2 of last 3 days
Dan Otero R 18.2 2.41 41 pitches 2 of last 3 days
Fernando Rodriguez R Not used 2 days off
Fernando Abad L 14.2 0.61 15 pitches Off Tuesday
Sean Doolittle L 17.0 4.24 17 pitches 2 of last 3 days
Joe Savery L Not used 2 days off