As expected, the Oakland Athletics reinstated first baseman Brandon Moss from the paternity list today. He’s in the team’s lineup for Friday night’s game, the first of three in a weekend series against the Tampa Bay Rays.
Earlier this week, Moss left the A’s to attend to the birth of his son. Filling in was rookie Shane Peterson, who was pretty impressive in the two games he played in the A’s sweep of the Houston Astros. In addition to a few fine defensive plays, Peterson notched his first big-league base hit and RBI.
The A’s kick off a road trip in Tampa riding high, with the American League’s best record of 12-4. They have yet to lose a game on the road (they’re 6-0), but of course that’s a very small sample size. Tonight, the team will face Rays starter Alex Cobb without the services of Yoenis Cespedes, who is still out on the D.L. after a muscle sprain in his left hand.
Other notes: Coco Crisp is back in the lineup for the series opener. The outfielder and leadoff man sat out the final game of the Houston series with a slight groin strain. Crisp is one of the A’s top offensive performers thus far in the season – and he’ll try to extend his 11-game hitting streak tonight against the Rays. During the streak, Crisp has gone 18-47, which translates to a .383 batting average.
The A’s are 12-4, but half of those wins have come at the expense of the Astros. If Oakland wants to convince people that this hot start is indeed for real, a solid road trip through Tampa Bay and Boston will go a long way toward silencing the critics.