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April 30, 2013
A's, Angels lineups: Short-handed after 19-inning marathon

OAKLAND -- The A's made just one roster move today following last night's 19-inning marathon win over the Angels, recalling reliever Evan Scribner from Triple-A for some bullpen depth and sending Dan Straily back down. Manager Bob Melvin said the A's are probably just going to be a little short-handed tonight after Coco Crisp and Chris Young both left last night's game with injuries.

Crisp (strained left hamstring) and Young (strained left quad) are both out of the lineup. Melvin said Young's is probably less of a concern than Crisp, and that Young possibly could be available to pinch-hit tonight. Hamstrings can be tricky, so the A's don't want to take a chance with a speed guy like Crisp. Melvin said he didn't yet know if either is a candidate for the disabled list.

Jed Lowrie is also not playing tonight, but Melvin said that's mostly to get Lowrie a day off after he played all 19 innings last night. Lowrie was also nursing a right neck strain a couple days ago, which likely wasn't helped by playing the full six hours, 32 minutes. Melvin said Lowrie too could be available to pinch hit.

The A's bullpen is probably also limited, but Melvin didn't want to go into specifics there other than to say Jerry Blevins -- who wasn't supposed to pitch last night but threw 1 2/3 innings and earned the win -- is off-limits. Scribner is here to help with that. Scribner said he watched last night's game on TV -- realizing as it got later and later that he'd probably be joining the A's today -- up until the 17th inning, when he fell asleep.

"I woke up at 4 in the morning and it was infomercials," Scribner said. "I was like, oh my God, what happened?"

Scribner said he checked the results online. He also found a text on his phone from the A's around 2 a.m. that said: "Call when you wake up."

Here's the A's lineup tonight against right-hander Garrett Richards:

DH Jaso
SS Rosales
LF Smith
CF Cespedes
1B Moss
3B Donaldson
RF Reddick
C Norris
2B Sogard

And the Angels' lineup against Jarrod Parker, who still seeks his first win:

SS Aybar
CF Trout
DH Pujols
1B Trumbo
RF Hamilton
2B Kendrick
C Conger
3B Harris
LF Shuck

It appears Chris Iannetta, who caught all 19 innings for the Angels, has the night off.

* The idea to have Straily start last night was meant to allow Brett Anderson an extra five days to recover from his sore right ankle and then make his next start -- a plan dashed when Anderson entered in the 13th inning and threw 5 1/3 in relief. Anderson left the game after he felt pain again, and Melvin said Anderson's status for his next start is, again, in question.

"We'll probably have to see how he feels in the next couple days," Melvin said.

Melvin lauded Anderson for "some kind of effort. ... And knowing he went out there and tweaked it again probably gives us a little better indication of where we're at with him."

* After last night's game ended around 2 a.m., players were allowed to show up a little later today and batting practice was indoors and optional.

-- Matt Kawahara

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Matt KawaharaMatt Kawahara was born in Sacramento and attended McClatchy High School and UC Berkeley, where he wrote for the independent student paper The Daily Californian. He graduated from Cal in 2010 and started at The Sacramento Bee as a summer intern. He joined The Bee’s sports staff in fall 2011.
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