Using a DH in NL games …
It’s not entirely uncommon for a manager of an American League team to call Bud Black and ask if they can use the designated hitter when they come to Peoria instead of having the pitchers hit.
It’s a courtesy call more than anything and one Black doesn’t turn down because there’s no real need for him to watch Ivan Nova swing the bat. Instead, those at-bats can be used to evaluate a player who might be on the bubble or just to get a position player more at-bats.
Anyway, that’s why the A’s and Padres will each have a DH in today’s game in Peoria. We’re not sure who the A’s will use in that spot but the Padres will give Cliff Floyd some at-bats at the DH spot today.
Anyway, let’s get to the starting lineup:
CF, Will Venable
2B, David Eckstein
RF, Brian Giles
DH, Cliff Floyd
3B, Kevin Kouzmanoff
LF, Emil Brown
1B, Kyle Blanks
C, Eliezer Alfonzo
SS, Luis Rodriguez
SP, Josh Geer (scheduled to throw three innings)
Today’s pitchers: Geer 3, Cesar Ramos 2, Chris Britton 1, Mark Worrell 1, Matt Buschmann 1.
Sunday’s pitchers (Tucson edition): Chris Young 3, Nick Schmidt 2, Ernesto Frieri 1, Scott Patterson 1, Mat Latos 1, Mike Ekstrom 1.