04/20/2013 1:51 AM ET
Freiman, Wellesley native, reflects on Boston tragedy
By Jim Hawkins / Special to MLB.com
ST. PETERSBURG -- The number of A's players in the clubhouse before Friday's game watching coverage of the manhunt following the Boston Marathon tragedy outnumbered those watching baseball, 3-to-1. And no one was more focused on the breaking news than A's rookie infielder Nate Freiman, who lives in Wellesley, Mass., a Boston suburb.
Freiman's family lives in Boston, near the midway mark on the Boston Marathon course, and has been directly affected by the tragedy. Freiman said he couldn't remember ever seeing a news story take over a clubhouse the way this one has.
"That's what everyone wants to see," said Freiman, who was claimed off waivers by the A's from the Astros on March 23. "I've talked to my parents and my brother -- he goes to school there -- and they're OK.
They're fine," he added. "My dad has lived in the area his whole life. He's never seen anything like this.
"This is really hard for everybody. It disrupts everyone's life. But not nearly as much as the lives of those 180 people in the bombing were disrupted.
"The silver lining is knowing that Boston is extremely well-equipped. It's a well-run city. They have the resources to work through this. It's nice to see the positives that come out of something like this -- the heroes and the first-responders. It's nice to see the way it brings out the best in people."
Anderson leaves Friday's game with sprained ankle
ST. PETERSBURG -- Injury-plagued Brett Anderson, who has been limited to 41 starts for the A's since 2009 due to four stints on the disabled list, was forced to leave Friday night's 8-3 loss against Tampa Bay after the first inning because of a sprained right ankle.
"It's disheartening to go out there and throw one inning and put your bullpen in jeopardy for the rest of the road trip," said Anderson.
A's manager Bob Melvin said after the game that he doesn't know whether Anderson will be able to make his next start.
"We'll know more tomorrow," Melvin said. "I really won't know until then."
Anderson wasn't sure how the injury occurred.
"I don't know if I just landed on it wrong or what," said Anderson.
Anderson struggled throughout the first inning, surrendering four runs on four hits and two walks as the Rays sent nine men to the plate. It was not immediately known on which play Anderson was injured, or how long he might be sidelined.
Anderson, who underwent Tommy John surgery on July 14, 2011, and missed more than a year, was 1-2 with a 4.34 ERA going into Friday's game.
Anderson was 11-11 with a 4.06 ERA during his rookie season of 2009, setting an A's rookie record and leading all Major League rookies with 150 strikeouts.
Moss back in lineup Friday after paternity leave
ST. PETERSBURG -- Brandon Moss was back in the A's lineup starting at first base Friday night, and he hit an RBI single in his first at-bat. But a part of him was still back in the Bay Area with his wife, Allison, and their newborn son, Brody.
"It was hard to leave. I got one day with him, and then I had to leave," said Moss, who took paternity leave and missed the A's games on Tuesday and Wednesday.
His son was born on Tuesday afternoon.
"When our first son was born it was in October ['09], and I got to spend the whole offseason with him," he said. "But I'm not the first person to have to leave like that. I'll get my time with [Brody], I'm sure."
Moss was at least able to be there for the birth, of which he said: "It was awesome."
Shane Peterson, who filled in for Moss, returned to Triple-A Sacramento.
• The A's, who are scheduled to fly to Boston on Sunday night, are faced with the possibility that one or more of their games against the Red Sox next week might be postponed.
"The only thing I think about with regard to that is, I hope they get it done," manager Bob Melvin said, referring to the pursuit of the suspect. "This is much more of a 'people' thing than worrying about us getting our games in."
• Catcher Derek Norris, who left Wednesday's game after being struck on the face mask with a foul tip, was not in the lineup Friday.
"[John] Jaso was going to play today, either way," Melvin said. "But Norris is fine. Full go. There's a good chance he'll play tomorrow."
• Josh Reddick, was 2-for-18 (.111) with four walks and eight strikeouts in his last five games after missing three games (April 9-11) with a sprained right wrist, was dropped from sixth to seventh in the order Friday night.
"I've done that with him before. I did it last year," Melvin explained. "But the reason today was more of a left/right thing."
• Victims of Monday's Boston Marathon tragedy were honored with a moment of silence prior to Friday night's game, which was the Rays' first home game since the tragedy.
• Melvin said playing in the Dome at Tropicana Field is "almost like playing a pinball machine."
Jim Hawkins is a contributor to MLB.com This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.