OAKLAND -- Jarrod Parker, who was scratched from his start Sunday due to illness, is feeling better today and will start tonight's series opener for the A's against the Angels. Manager Bob Melvin said the A's will just bump everybody in the rotation back a day, so Sonny Gray will start tomorrow and A.J. Griffin will have the Wednesday day game.
"I think it helps this time of year for everybody to be pushed back a day," said Melvin, who again credited Tommy Milone for his performance Sunday in a game he found out an hour before first pitch he'd be starting.
Yoenis Cespedes is also in the A's lineup after missing Sunday's game with soreness in his right shoulder. Cespedes underwent an MRI but Melvin said the A's hadn't gotten the results back as of this evening. Throwing bothers Cespedes, who hurt the shoulder diving for a ball, but he felt OK swinging in the cages this afternoon so he will DH tonight.
Not in the lineup is Jed Lowrie, who had his right hamstring cramp up Sunday in Texas. Lowrie said he actually started feeling the cramp coming on Saturday, and it got worse during Sunday's game, which he left early. He had a heat pad on it Monday afternoon and said he thinks he'll be back in the lineup Tuesday.
Here's the full A's lineup tonight against Angels left-hander C.J. Wilson:
And the Angels' lineup against Parker:
* Melvin said Cespedes would not play catch during warm-ups Monday and that his availability will be a "day-to-day proposition."
"We certainly don't want to push something that if it continues to get worse he's going to be out a longer period of time," Melvin said. "That's the reason he's DHing today."
* Melvin said he heard shortly before meeting with reporters that reliever Dan Otero's wife had given birth. Otero is in Arizona with his wife and Melvin said Otero probably won't rejoin the team before Wednesday.
* Reliever Sean Doolittle was announced Monday as the A's nominee for the Roberto Clemente Award, which recognizes the MLB player who "best represents the game of baseball through positive contributions on and off the field, including sportsmanship and community involvement."
According to an A's release, Doolittle is involved with numerous charities including Freedom Alliance, an organization supporting military service members and their families. Doolittle comes from a military family -- his father served in the Air Force and his stepmother is an active-duty National Guard member, he said -- and said interacting with the community has helped grow his appreciation of the opportunities that being a major-league baseball player gives him.
Regarding the nomination, Doolittle said: "After I got nominated and learned a little more about it, realizing just how big a deal it is and how prestigious an award it is, that makes it that much more of an honor just to be nominated. It's right up there with your Cy Young's and MVP's, doing stuff both on and off the field, so it's pretty cool."
* Josh Reddick gets the start over Brandon Moss in right field against the left-hander Wilson. Melvin said that's largely because of Reddick's defense, though he also feels Reddick has been swinging the bat well against lefties recently.
* New Cal football head coach Sonny Dykes will throw out the first pitch tonight. Dykes lettered in baseball at Texas Tech from 1989-90. Said Melvin, a Cal grad: "We'll see what kind of arm he's got."
* The A's begin play tonight with their magic number to clinch the division at eight, and a 6 ½-game lead over the Rangers after their three-game sweep in Texas. Melvin, though, said the A's are taking nothing for granted.
"We have a bigger lead than we did (at the end of the last homestand)," Melvin said. "But not any more comfortable. We have to finish this thing out."
-- Matt Kawahara