10/05/2003 12:29 PM ET
Notes: Macha on the day after
Hernandez out with back injury; Guillen back in lineup
BOSTON -- After a night of restless sleep following Oakland's tough 3-1 loss in Game 3 of the American League Division Series on Saturday, A's manager Ken Macha was still a little flummoxed by some of the calls that went against his team.
By Kent Schacht / MLB.com
That said, he took some positives away from the four-error, baserunning-snafu-plagued effort.
Macha maintained that after the obstruction call on Miguel Tejada in the sixth innings, umpires should have given him home plate, because Tejada was two-thirds of his way home.
The A's skipper also questioned whether Eric Byrnes was obstructed with when he and Jason Varitek collided at the plate earlier in the same inning.
"It appeared to me (Varitek) was blocking the plate and he wasn't going to be in position for the ball because the ball was on the other side of Byrnes," Macha said. "It's a judgment if he was in the process of fielding the ball, but there's no way he could have fielded the ball."
That said, Macha placed the blame on his team, not the umpires, for failing to get it done.
"As a team we had an opportunity to go and do it -- we wanted to win too badly yesterday," he said. "We just need to go relax and play. As I said at the beginning of the season, you have to go and play good baseball. That certainly wasn't the case yesterday.
"Normally we're good at rundowns. Normally we're good at routine double plays. We didn't play well."
Injury updates: Ramon Hernandez was a late scratch from the A's lineup Sunday with a lower back strain. The origin of the injury was not known, according to A's director of baseball information Mike Selleck.
Jose Guillen, who didn't play Saturday because of pain in his left hand as a result of his broken hamate bone, was available on Sunday and started in left field.
Team orthopedist Dr. Jerrold Goldman noted that it's purely a pain-management issue for Guillen. There is no injection possible that would enable Guillen to play without knocking out all function in the hand.
Macha said Guillen could have pinch-hit on Saturday.
In his postseason debut, Guillen was 1-for-4 with two walks in starting the first two games of the ALDS.
Foulke story: Macha said he didn't use Keith Foulke on Saturday because he didn't think the closer could go more than one inning because of the four innings he pitched in the first two games of this series.
"If he had been in position to pitch more than one inning, then OK. But I didn't feel he was going to be able to do that," Macha said. "If we had gotten the lead, he'd have been able to pitch. But I didn't think he'd be able to go more than one inning."
Macha said Foulke would be available Sunday.
Mea culpa: Tejada declined to talk after Saturday's game, but Macha said he was feeling bad for stopping on the obstruction play and not running home.
"Miggy wants to do so well, and after that play occurred, he came up to me and said, 'I'm sorry, I goofed up, I should have kept running,' " Macha said.
Macha said despite the errors on the bases and in the field, the A's dugout was confident throughout.
"All the guys huddled around me said, 'Don't get thrown out of the game, we're going to beat these guys,' " Macha said. "The intensity in the dugout was just tremendous, the players were all in to it."
Rock on: Boston, the 1970s supergroup, played the national anthem before Sunday's game, followed by their hit "Rock & Roll Band" from their 1976 self-titled debut album.
Kent Schacht is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.