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June 28, 2013
A's, Cardinals lineups: Still no Jaso, Colon goes for 8 straight

OAKLAND -- John Jaso is closer to being able to catch a full game, A's manager Bob Melvin said, but still being bothered enough by the abrasion on his left hand that it'll be Stephen Vogt behind the plate tonight for the A's opener against the St. Louis Cardinals. Melvin said Jaso is still available to pinch hit and could catch tomorrow. If he doesn't, Derek Norris will get a start in the day game despite the A's facing a right-hander.

Norris did not play in the two-game series against Cincinnati and had his last start on June 23. That doesn't make it easy for a player trying to bust out of a slump like Norris, who is 4-for-39 over his last 13 games and hitting .151 since May 1. Melvin said Norris wants to be in the lineup to work things out and the days off are "a little bit of a double-edged sword, in that you do have some time to work on some things and have a little bit of separation from what has been a tough period for him."

Vogt, meanwhile, is still seeking his first major-league hit after 31 at-bats without one, the second-longest such streak to begin a career by a non-pitcher since 1973. The longest was also an A's player -- Chris Carter, who didn't have a hit in his first 33 at-bats.

Here's the full A's lineup tonight against the Cardinals and Shelby Miller:

CF Crisp
DH Smith
SS Lowrie
LF Cespedes
1B Moss
3B Donaldson
RF Reddick
C Vogt
2B Sogard

And the Cardinals' lineup against Bartolo Colon:

2B Carpenter
C Molina
RF Beltran
DH Craig
LF Holliday
1B Adams
3B Freese
CF Jay
SS Kozma

* Colon has a chance tonight to tie his career-long winning streak of eight games. He's 7-0 with a 1.41 ERA in 51 innings in his last seven starts, the third-longest active winning streak in the American League. For as long as Colon has been around, the Cardinals don't have many hitters with previous experience against him. Carlos Beltran, who seems to have good career numbers against just about everybody, is 13-for-41 (.317) lifetime against Colon with four homers and 11 strikeouts. Only three other Cardinals have faced Colon and they're 7-for-26 combined.

* Melvin said left-hander Brett Anderson (stress fracture in right foot) is due for another scan late next week "to see how much the bone has improved there." Meanwhile, Melvin said, Anderson is "just trying to keep his arm sound while he's going through this."

* A couple A's players sat at their lockers this afternoon filling out All-Star ballots. Players, coaches and manager votes determine the reserves on each team, and those ballots are due Sunday, while fan voting continues until April 4. As of the last tally on MLB.com, Jed Lowrie (fourth) and Josh Donaldson (fifth) were the lone A's position players in the top five of fan voting at their respective positions, with Yoenis Cespedes and Coco Crisp at 10th and 11th in outfield voting, respectively.

-- 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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