OAKLAND -- Less than 24 hours after the Oakland Raiders and Arizona Cardinals finished their NFL exhibition game at the Coliseum, the A's and Rangers were set to begin the first game of their three-game series Friday night at the multi-sport facility.The field, understandably, was less than pristine. The yard markers and lines from Thursday night's football game, which didn't end until around 10:30 p.m. PT, were still visible, although they were spray-painted green. The outfield grass took a particularly hard hit because of temporary stands that covered the deeper parts of the field. "I've played on it before after a football game," A's center fielder Ryan Sweeney said. "The grounds crew does the best they can, but there's only so much they can do. It just gets torn up, and there's not really a whole lot of grass and it almost turns into sand out there, so you just really don't know where it's going to bounce. So it's tough. You've got to watch the ball into your glove, obviously." Right fielder David DeJesus, a former member of the Royals, said he's played a game at the Coliseum with Kansas City a few days after a football game, but never the day after. He expects to get some crazy bounces in the outfield. "Those are going to happen," DeJesus said. "As an outfield unit, we just have to make sure we see the ball in, don't try to do too crazy of a thing out there. Look it into your glove and hit the cutoff man. That's all you can do here." Because the grounds crew had so much work to do, neither the A's nor Rangers took batting practice on the field before the game. Both teams hit in the cages. "I was here at noon and looked at it and couldn't believe it would be ready," A's manager Bob Melvin said. "Tip your hat to the people who got this done."
McCarthy exits after liner to leg
OAKLAND - A's right-hander Brandon McCarthy took a line drive from Rangers center fielder Endy Chavez off his right leg with one out in the fourth inning Friday and left the game with a knee contusion. He's listed as day to day.
Right-hander Trystan Magnuson replaced McCarthy with the A's trailing, 6-0.
Chavez' liner caromed off McCarthy's shin all the way to the Rangers' bullpen in right field, and he pulled into second with a double. McCarthy fell to the ground but was able to stand up. After being examined by trainers, he walked slowly to the dugout.
McCarthy gave up six runs in the second inning to the Rangers, his former team. The Rangers batted around in the inning. Four of the runs were earned.
Crisp likely to avoid disabled list
OAKLAND -- A's center fielder Coco Crisp was out of the lineup for the fifth straight game Friday night against Texas with a strained right calf, but it looks as if he'll avoid a trip to the disabled list."He came out and did some running today," A's manager Bob Melvin said before the series opener. "I think we're getting closer. I don't want to predict a date, but we'll say we're closer." Asked if he expected Crisp to go on the DL, Melvin said, "As of right now, I would say no." The A's could use Crisp in their lineup. He's hitting .364 with 15 runs scored, four doubles, a home run and 10 walks in his past 17 games. In his past seven games, he's stolen seven bases. That includes a career-high four Aug. 6 against Tampa Bay, the last time he played.
Braden puts message in Wilson's locker
OAKLAND -- A's left-hander Dallas Braden may be on the disabled list, but he was healthy enough to fire back at Rangers pitcher C.J. Wilson before Friday night's game.Wilson has said he hates playing at the Coliseum, pointing to what he said was a poor mound and to the typically small crowds that show up for A's games. Earlier in the season he criticized the A's patient hitting approach, calling it "lawyerball." According to the San Francisco Chronicle, Braden texted the newspaper that he had left a message for Wilson in his clubhouse locker, inscribing it on one of his perfect game T-shirts. Most of Braden's teammates downplayed the controversy involving Wilson, the Rangers' starter Friday night. "We want to win the game," A's outfielder David DeJesus said. "There's no more fire than we usually have. We want to beat him every time he's out there, just like any other pitcher."
Eric Gilmore is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.