Rich Hill, doubleheader, starting pitching

A’s, O’s to play doubleheader, Valencia back in lineup


Who else is excited for a doubleheader?? 

When I heard that the A’s game in Baltimore was postponed yesterday I was seriously bummed … I mean really? After an off-day too? Not fair. I was ready for some baseball, right?! Who wouldn’t be?

Well to my surprise, this morning I woke up to see that MLB.com’s Jane Lee had reported that the game, the one I expected to be rescheduled for a date later in the season, would in fact be played today. The day-night doubleheader was immediately scheduled for Saturday as it is the only trip Oakland will make to Baltimore this season.

The first game is scheduled to start at 10:25 am Pacific Time and will feature A’s starter Rich Hill against the Orioles’ Mike Wright.  

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The second game will have Jesse Hahn, making his second big league start this season after spending the season’s first month at Triple-A Nashville, and Ubaldo Jimenez, who will be on the mound for Baltimore. Its scheduled start time is 4:25 pm PT.  

A’s manager Bob Melvin was not notified of the delay until 6:25 pm Eastern Time, just prior to the game’s 7:05 pm start time on Friday. 

“They said it’s going to rain all night and that we’re playing two games tomorrow,” Melvin said.

The delay does cause an issue for the Athletics who will now need a sixth starter for Wednesday’s game in Boston against the Red Sox and starter Rick Porcello.

With Henderson Alvarez still two minor league starts away from joining the A’s rotation for the first time, it’s unlikely he will be ready to make the start on Wednesday.

The team’s likelier option will be to call up Eric Surkamp, who made four starts for the A’s this season before being optioned to Triple-A,  but no final decision has been made at this time. 

Third baseman Danny Valencia has been activated from the 15-day disabled list after recovering from a strained left-hamstring injury and doing a short rehab stint with the High Class-A Stockton Ports. He’s back in the lineup this morning for game one and will be batting in the number six spot. 

Both teams will have a 26th man on hand for game two of the doubleheader. For the A’s that player is expected to be minor league pitcher Andrew Triggs who will join the A’s bullpen.