OAKLAND -- Manager Bob Melvin said itll be left-hander Drew Pomeranz starting the second game of the As doubleheader today against the Seattle Mariners -- unless the As need Pomeranz in the first game. In that case, Arnold Leon, who was officially called up by the As this morning, would start the second game.
Dan Straily could go a long way toward determining that with a good outing in the first game. Straily has totaled just 19 1/3 innings over his last four starts, allowing 14 earned runs for a 6.52 ERA in that span. Another reason the As need him to be good: Seattle is throwing Felix Hernandez in game one. Hernandez hasnt lost at the Coliseum in his last 10 starts here.
"Its time for us to turn the table and have a good game against him," Melvin said. "Thats my feeling."
Theyll be overturning some serious history if they do. In his last eight starts in Oakland, Hernandez is 5-0 with a 1.74 ERA. In 19 starts overall against the As since 2009, he has gone 10-3 with a 2.62 ERA. As good as the As have been against another A.L. West ace -- Texas Yu Darvish -- theyve been just as hapless against Hernandez. Heres the lineup that will try to turn that around:
And the Mariners lineup behind Hernandez:
* Melvin said reliever Eric OFlaherty is scheduled to face hitters Saturday for the first time since his Tommy John surgery. Thats a significant step for OFlaherty, who threw a 30-pitch bullpen session yesterday. Melvin said OFlahertys timetable beyond Saturday will depend on how he feels the first couple times he does face hitters, but if all goes well a rehab assignment wont be too far off.
* Josh Reddick is obviously back in the lineup and in right field, so his ankle is feeling better. The plan is for Yoenis Cespedes to DH the first game and play the outfield in the second, Melvin said.
* Melvin said that as far as he knows, he has his full bullpen available today, including Jim Johnson, who threw 25 pitches in a rough outing Tuesday night.
"No one was used too much to where at some point in time today they couldnt be used," Melvin said. "Maybe the guys that threw a little bit more may be targeted for the (second) game, but well see how it goes."
* The Mariners have right-hander Erasmo Ramirez listed as their starter for game two. Ramirez is 1-3 on the season with a 6.75 ERA.
* A quick reminder on todays schedule: Game one starts at 12:35 p.m., game two starts 30 minutes after the first game ends. For the As, its their first traditional doubleheader since July 16, 2011, when they split with the Angels in Oakland. For the Mariners, its their first doubleheader since Aug. 23, 2011 in Cleveland. The last time these teams played two against each other in the same day was Aug. 3, 1984 -- the As swept.