A's notes: Rosales confident, Reddick close to return

A's notes: Rosales confident, Reddick close to return
May 29, 2013, 6:15 pm
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A's shortstop Adam Rosales snapped an 0-for-24 skid with a home run Tuesday against the Giants. (AP)

SAN FRANCISCO -- If there's a better way to end an 0-for-24 drought than the way Adam Rosales did Tuesday night -- hitting a home run -- try telling it to the A's emotional spark plug.

That Rosales bookended the hitless streak with solo homers gave the skein a certain serendipitous feel.

"It felt like it was an 0-for-50," Rosales said with a relieved smile. "It felt good to get that off my back. I started pressing and forgot to just focus on the moment."

Not in the starting lineup for the A's interleague series opener at AT&T Park against the Giants, what with the defending World Series champions throwing a right-hander at Oakland in Tim Lincecum, Rosales has some more time to think things over, so to speak.

"You never want to see a guy go through something like that," said A's manager Bob Melvin. "It's tough to keep sending him out there."

Per Bay Area baseball historian David Feldman, Jose Canseco bookended an 0-40 skid with homers, in his American League rookie-of-the-year season of 1986.

Rosales, though, celebrated a birthday in the middle of his skid, turning 30 on May 20.

"I left 20 on a homer," he said, "and I entered 30 with a homer.

"I've just got keep my spirits up, my joy for the game."

It should also be noted that while Rosales is also 2-29 (.069) in his last 10 games, his lack of production at the plate has not negatively affected the A's, who have won 10 of 11.

And his play in the field did not suffer, either, as he robbed Hunter Pence of a base hit Tuesday night.

"If you do have (hitting) struggles, you can't take that out there," Melvin said. "He never does."

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Josh Reddick's rehab stint at triple-A Sacramento is two games old now after the A's right-fielder followed up Tuesday night's 1-3, three runs scored, a walk and a stolen base performance with a 1-4 afternoon and two runs scored with another walk and steal.

He also made a fine defensive play in right field.

Including Monday night's game at Class A Stockton, Reddick is 3-10 in three games and the plan is for him to be the River Cats' designated hitter Thursday.

"It feels good, no issues with the swing," Melvin said of Reddick. "Hopefully, we're on our way."

Meaning he could be activated Friday for the series against the Chicago White Sox?

"Potentially," Melvin said.

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It's the Tweet that stirred a fan base, and a clubhouse.

"A shame the a's and giants have to play these games at the coliseum while ATandT sits empty. #shame" is what CBSSports.com baseball writer Jon Heyman Tweeted.

Fans took him to task as did several A's players on Twitter.

Reliever Sean Doolittle, who spent some of his formative years growing up in the East Bay, addressed it in the clubhouse.

"I remember the Coliseum before Mt. Davis," he said. "I remember the flower beds out there and seeing the hills.

"At the end of the day, it's still a concrete castle. It's outdated. It is what it is. But it's our home."

Meaning, if anyone's going to take a shot at the A's yard, it's going to be the A's…or their fans.

"If we take a jab, it's in jest," Doolittle said. "When we go to Houston or Seattle, we're like, 'You're stadium turns into a dome? Cool. Ours turns into a football field."

Rosales echoed the sure-it's-a-dump-but-it's-OUR-dump theme.

"It's not brand new, it's not glamourous, but there's a lot of tradition there," he said. "It's home."

Melvin was fine with the players defending their turf, especially in the wake of two sellout crowds with the Giants in town.

"It's like a 35,000-capacity bar, (patrons arguing) back and forth," Melvin said.

"If you came out and experienced the dynamic of our ballpark, maybe you don't say that (it's a bad place)."

 

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