Afternoon. I’m here to to handle the last game of this homestand. Divish is already in San Diego.
Pretty quiet at the ball yard today.
Michael Saunders is back in there tonight after getting yesterday off. He’s had a dismal couple weeks. Saunders’ average has rocketed down to .216. Eleven games ago, he was hitting .286. Essentially, Eric Wedge said Saunders got into a dreaded stretch where he was chasing, then pressing, then not producing. Saunders is hitting sixth tonight. This year, he has 94 at-bats leading off, 16 at-bats second and six at-bats hitting sixth.
Wedge said that Justin Smoak took swings Tuesday for the first time since straining an oblique Saturday. Wedge said Smoak is likely to take some BP Wednesday in San Diego.
Lineups and Notes for tonight: