OAKLAND -- The A's, playing for the ninth day in a row and on a quick turnaround after a night game, didn't hit on the field this morning to ease the effects -- but already had some help with that last night. Bartolo Colon tossed his complete-game shutout in two hours, 14 minutes -- the A's shortest game of the season. So really, the A's should be downright refreshed today, right?
"We don't have many of those," manager Bob Melvin acknowledged. "Especially, we were all a little bit tired from the four-game series against the Giants. And to get a quick game like that knowing that you have a quick turnaround today for a Saturday day game was awfully nice."
Coco Crisp still gets a day off and Yoenis Cespedes a half-day as the DH. That means Seth Smith and Josh Reddick, who drove in the go-ahead run last night in his first game back from the disabled list, are both in the lineup against the White Sox left-hander Jose Quintana.
Here's the full A's lineup:
And the White Sox lineup against A's right-hander Dan Straily, who tries to make it three strong starts in a row:
CF De Aza
* Melvin reiterated that the notable differences with Straily the past two games have been a more confident mound presence and getting ahead of batters, which sets up his breaking pitches, especially the slider. So considers those keys for Straily today.
* Melvin had a positive report on Hiro Nakajima, who's off his rehab assignment but still at Triple-A Sacramento, where he's hitting well. Nakajima is 16-for-42 (.381) in his last 10 games to raise his season average to .312.
"I think we're starting to see the player that we envisioned when we signed him and that we saw early in camp," Melvin said. "There are not any pending moves at this moment. But he's certainly putting himself in a position due to performance that the potential is always there."
Nakajima has also moved around the infield some, and Melvin said he has been receptive to playing positions besides shortstop, which remains his most comfortable.
As Melvin said, there are no pending moves. Barring an injury, Nakajima would likely have to force the issue to supplant Adam Rosales or Eric Sogard. Rosales is hitting .209 but brings his defense and high energy; Sogard hasn't played as much in the past week with the A's facing a lot of left-handers, but is quietly hitting .375 in his last 10 games.
* One more thing about Colon's performance last night -- it gave the bullpen a legitimate night off. Nobody even took off their jacket to warm up. "I can't remember the last time that happened here," Melvin said.
Jerry Blevins was off-limits last night, and Sean Doolittle and Grant Balfour were both in situations where they would only have warmed up once, meaning had they gotten up, the A's would have either used them immediately or sat them down the rest of the night. But Melvin said he doesn't foresee any restrictions today.
-- Matt Kawahara