OAKLAND -- Manager Bob Melvin said it’ll be left-hander Drew Pomeranz starting the second game of the A’s doubleheader today against the Seattle Mariners -- unless the A’s need Pomeranz in the first game. In that case, Arnold Leon, who was officially called up by the A’s 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 A’s need him to be good: Seattle is throwing Felix Hernandez in game one. Hernandez hasn’t lost at the Coliseum in his last 10 starts here.
"It’s time for us to turn the table and have a good game against him," Melvin said. "That’s my feeling."
They’ll 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 A’s since 2009, he has gone 10-3 with a 2.62 ERA. As good as the A’s have been against another A.L. West ace -- Texas’ Yu Darvish -- they’ve been just as hapless against Hernandez. Here’s the lineup that will try to turn that around:
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And the Mariners’ lineup behind Hernandez:
* Melvin said reliever Eric O’Flaherty is scheduled to face hitters Saturday for the first time since his Tommy John surgery. That’s a significant step for O’Flaherty, who threw a 30-pitch bullpen session yesterday. Melvin said O’Flaherty’s 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 won’t 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 couldn’t be used," Melvin said. "Maybe the guys that threw a little bit more may be targeted for the (second) game, but we’ll 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 today’s schedule: Game one starts at 12:35 p.m., game two starts 30 minutes after the first game ends. For the A’s, it’s their first “traditional” doubleheader since July 16, 2011, when they split with the Angels in Oakland. For the Mariners, it’s 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 A’s swept.