Toe the Rubber: Felix Hernandez vs. Dan Straily
Drew Pomeranz will take the ball in the second game, so long as he’s not needed in relief in the 12:35 p.m. opener. (USATSI)
OAKLAND – The A’s finally announced their Game 2 starter for Wednesday’s doubleheader – with an asterisk.
Left-hander Drew Pomeranz will take the ball in the second game, so long as he’s not needed in relief in the 12:35 p.m. opener against the Seattle Mariners. If Pomeranz is called into relief duty for Game 1, Arnold Leon would start the second game in his major league debut. Leon was officially added to the roster Wednesday morning as the 26th player the A’s are allowed for the doubleheader.
Dan Straily is starting the first game for Oakland against Mariners ace Felix Hernandez, who holds a 17-7 record and 2.60 ERA lifetim against Oakland. Hernandez hasn’t taken a loss over his last 10 starts at the Coliseum.
“We’ve seen quite a bit of him, so it’s time for us to turn the table and have a good game against him,” A’s manager Bob Melvin said.
There’s a different wrinkle to Oakland’s Game 1 lineup, with catcher John Jaso batting second and shortstop Jed Lowrie dropped down to the sixth spot for the first time this season. Melvin said he wanted to avoid having four left-handed hitters in a row at the bottom of the order, but it also can’t hurt to change things up after scoring just 12 runs over the past five games.
In other news, reliever Eric O’Flaherty is scheduled to face hitters Saturday for the first time since his reconstructive elbow surgery last May. It appears a minor league rehab assignment isn’t far off for the lefty.