OAKLAND, Calif. — The mystery surrounding Sunday’s start and the rotation for the upcoming Angels series will live another day.
Manager Joe Maddon did not name a starter for the finale of this three-game series with the A’s.
“Mums the word,” he said before Friday’s game at O.co Coliseum.
The secrecy could rest with the Rays plans to line up LHP Matt Moore, LHP David Price and RHP Alex Cobb for the upcoming series with the first-place Red Sox.
RHP Roberto Hernandez is scheduled to start Sunday. Maddon said it could be Hernandez. It might also be bullpen day, something the Rays did in 2012 against the Phillies.
Maddon said the starter is currently with the organization, so the Rays are not trying to work out a trade with another team.
“I’m being vague,” Maddon said.
Maddon said RHP Chris Archer will start Monday against the Angels in Anaheim. The rest of the rotation for that series, including the return of Moore (sore left elbow), was still either undecided Friday or not ready to be revealed.
RHP Jake Odorizzi, optioned to Double-A Montgomery after his start Thursday against the Angels at Tropicana Field, could also return and pitch Tuesday since the Biscuits end their regular season Tuesday. RHP Jeremy Hellickson, on Class A Charlotte’s roster while he gets some rest, could also pitch Tuesday.
“It’s not impossible,” Maddon said.
Price, who pitched Friday, would pitch Wednesday if he stays on schedule. That will allow him to face the first-place Red Sox on Sept. 10 during the opener of the three-game series at the Trop.
Moore said he’s been told he’s pitching Tuesday or Wednesday. Being held back until Wednesday would set up a Moore, Price and Cobb rotation for the Red Sox series.
“Once we reveal it, you’ll understand,” Maddon said. “I promise.”
OF Wil Myers did not start Friday because Maddon didn’t want him to face A’s RHP Jarrod Parker, who was holding right-handers to a .212 average.
Myers, who walked a career-high three times in Thursday’s loss, was 0-for-15 on the recent homestand.
“(Parker) is really tough on righties,” Maddon said. “(Myers) had a nice day (Thursday) with the walks, just give him a chance to watch a big-league game and get him in there (tonight).”
Maddon said the three walks was a positive sign, because it can mean Myers is being more selective at the plate. Chasing pitches out of the zone has been a problem during his slump.
“Absolutely,” Maddon said. “The fact that he did so well lately, just keep him away from this guy right now and put him back out there (tonight).”
What a ride
The normal 30- to 40-minute bus ride from the team hotel in San Francisco to Oakland took 1 hour, 43 minutes Friday when the Rays had to detour around San Francisco Bay because the Bay Bridge was closed.
Maddon called it a “kumbaya ride.”
The bridge that connects San Francisco to Oakland is closed this weekend so workers can make the switch from the old span to the new one that is expected to open Tuesday morning.
Price, Friday’s starter, took a car service that cost $202.
“Nice timing!! Expensive ride!!” Price tweeted.
Several players, including OF David DeJesus, RHP Jesse Crain and Cobb took the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART), the train line that runs under the bay.
“I planned ahead,” Cobb said. “I think everybody was aware of it. I don’t think everyone knew it was going to take as long as it actually did. Most everybody told us at the hotel.”
Maddon said the long ride reminded him of some minor-league bus trips.
“Listen, I had no problem with it,” Maddon said. “I kind of enjoyed it. It was very nostalgic.”
Including Friday’s game, 19 of the Rays’ final 30 games are on the road and 17 of the final 30 are against teams that began play Friday within five games of a playoff spot. … The Rays entered Friday’s game with only two hits in their past 11 bases-loaded situations.