Young A's ready to wrestle on big stage

Young A's ready to wrestle on big stage

NEW YORK -- The A's arrived in New York late Thursday night with 17 rookies dressed in green wrestling singlets with gold headgear, part of the annual rookie hazing that helped keep the atmosphere light for a youth-laden club in the middle of a playoff race and 10-game road trip. The A's are set to play three games at what manager Bob Melvin called a "mausoleum of baseball" for the first time.

Seven A's starters, including starting pitcher Jarrod Parker, never played a game in the Bronx before Friday's opener at Yankee Stadium. While Melvin acknowledged the circumstances surrounding the two playoff hopefuls made the matchup more meaningful, he also appeared unconcerned that the moment would be too big for his club.

"They know that it's 60 feet, six inches and 90 feet on the basepaths and all that," Melvin said.