OAKLAND -- Sunday night baseball is returning to the Coliseum for the first time in quite awhile.
The A’s Aug. 24 game against the Los Angeles Angels has been shifted from 1:05 p.m. to 5:05 p.m. and will be televised on ESPN. It’s believed to be the first time the A’s have hosted a nationally televised Sunday night regular-season game since Sept. 25, 2005 against the Texas Rangers.
How long ago was that? Mark Kotsay hit third for the A’s, Rich Harden pitched in relief, and two of the big boppers in the Rangers lineup were Mark Teixeira and Alfonso Soriano.
The A’s heavy trade deadline activity apparently had some clout, as the game was picked up shortly after Oakland acquired lefty Jon Lester in Thursday’s deal with the Boston Red Sox. Lester happens to be on turn to pitch that game should the A’s rotation remain as is.