7/20/2013 9:05 P.M. ET
SoCal native Green gets a start in Anaheim
By AJ Cassavell / MLB.com
ANAHEIM -- Oakland second baseman Grant Green got the start Saturday night in the No. 9 hole, which should please a sizable portion of the A's contingent at Angel Stadium.
Green was born in Fullerton, grew up 10 minutes from Angel Stadium, went to Canyon High School and played ball at USC. He expected 25-30 friends and family members to be in attendance Saturday night.
"It's an awesome experience," Green said. "Last time I was here was for the Future's Game, and I got to play in that when it was here. That was surreal, and being able to play here during the season, too, is actually pretty nice."
Oddly enough, Green was raised a Giants fan by his father. But he made the majority of his childhood ballpark visits to the Big A.
Green, the 13th-overall pick in the 2009 First-Year Player Draft, remains in search of his first big league hit. The club's No. 3 ranked prospect is 0-for-9 in three games since being called up on July 8.
Yoenis likely to miss Sunday's finale at Angel Stadium
ANAHEIM -- Chevrolet Home Run Derby champ Yoenis Cespedes missed his second straight game on Saturday night because of left wrist soreness. Although A's manager Bob Melvin said his left fielder is available to pinch-run, he will likely not start Sunday's finale at Angel Stadium.
Melvin reiterated that Cespedes injured the wrist during batting practice before Friday's game and that the Derby took no toll on him. Cespedes declined to talk to reporters before the A's game against the Angels.
"If you watched [the Home Run Derby], it didn't look like it was bothering him," Melvin said. "Usually those types of things happen on one particular swing, and it certainly didn't."
Cespedes spent four weeks on the disabled list last season because of a left hand injury. The exact nature of his current ailment remains unknown, and Melvin simply referred to it as "soreness."
"He feels better today, but until our training staff feels like he's 100 percent and not putting himself in a position where he could further injure it, it'll be day to day," Melvin said.
The 27-year-old has struggled a bit in his sophomore season with Oakland, posting a .225 average with an on-base percentage below .300. Cespedes has launched 15 home runs -- one behind Josh Donaldson and Brandon Moss for the team lead, but Sunday will mark the one-month anniversary of his most recent long ball.
Milone, Parker getting plenty of rest
ANAHEIM -- The A's will round out their post-All-Star break rotation with Tommy Milone pitching Monday and Jarrod Parker throwing Tuesday -- meaning each will have at least 10 days of rest between starts.
"For younger guys that have had quite a workload for us -- not only this year but last year -- we were looking for ways last year to be able to [get them some rest]," Melvin said. "And I think both benefitted from it."
Parker's last outing came on July 12, meaning he'll face Houston on 10 days' rest. Tommy Milone pitched on July 10 -- and only lasted 2 2/3 innings -- so he'll be working with 11 days between starts.
In his career, Milone is 5-1 with a 3.33 ERA in starts coming off at least six days' rest.
"I think sometimes you feel drained without feeling like there's anything wrong," Milone said. "... Just getting that extra time off obviously helps. I think that's what we're trying to go for right now. Without having to skip a start, we got to push it back a little bit and use the All-Star break to our advantage.
For Parker, the numbers tell a similar tale. He's 12-10 with a 4.29 ERA in 25 starts on normal rest. But with at least one extra day, Parker is 7-4 with a 2.86 mark in 24 starts.
Both pitchers were given Monday through Wednesday off, and they resumed their throwing routine on Thursday, the final day of the All-Star break.
• A's reliever Jerry Blevins has struggled a bit recently and has seen his ERA nearly double from 1.82 to 3.44 since the start of June. Melvin said he still has utmost confidence in Blevins, given the seven solid seasons the left-hander has spent in Oakland, but he may hold him out of higher-leverage situations for the time being.
• The A's were forced to cancel batting practice before Saturday's game because of a steady rain that dissipated as first pitch approached -- to which Melvin quipped: "I didn't even know they had a tarp."