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Everidge relishing home debut

Everidge relishing home debut

OAKLAND -- Tommy Everidge is home.

After making his Major League debut against the Red Sox this week at Fenway Park, Everidge is getting his first crack at playing in front of the Oakland crowd.

The 6-foot, 275-pounder hails from Santa Rosa, Calif., and played his college ball at Sonoma State in nearby Rohnert Park, so he's had a large following this series against the Blue Jays, which concludes on Sunday afternoon.

"They're all coming," Everidge said with a smile. "It's really exciting being from here. I was excited when I got the chance to go to Sacramento. Now I'm even closer to home. I'm having a blast."

Everidge, 26, didn't give the A's a choice. They had to call him up.

A 10th-round pick in the 2004 First-Year Player Draft, Everidge hit 22 home runs and recorded a Texas League-leading 115 RBIs in 2008. He was sent back to Double-A Midland to open '09, though.

Not a problem. Everidge batted .306 with eight homers and 53 RBIs in 55 games before earning a promotion to Triple-A Sacramento.

He hit the ground running with the River Cats and never slowed down, batting .382 with nine homers in 43 games. He had a .432 on-base percentage and slugged .636.

"Tommy has done a good job for us," manager Bob Geren said. "It's nice to have another right-handed bat in there. ... He's also made some nice plays at first base."

All of Everidge's people want to see that right-handed bat and those nice scoops at first. Everidge said he had 50-60 friends and family members in attendance on Friday night. He's stayed busy hunting down tickets.

"It's a good problem to have," Everidge joked.

Pitching matchup
OAK: RHP Vin Mazzaro (2-7, 5.16 ERA)
Mazzaro, a 22-year-old rookie, won the first two starts of his career but is winless in nine subsequent assignments. It took a game-tying, three-run rally in the ninth inning on Tuesday to prevent him from becoming the first A's starter to lose seven consecutive starts since Brian Kingman lost nine in a row in 1980. Mazzaro, who dominates when he keeps his fastball below the knees or above the belt, again struggled with location his last time out. He gave up five runs in the third inning against the host Red Sox. In all, he was charged with six runs on nine hits and two walks while striking out three over six innings. Mazzaro has never faced the Blue Jays.

TOR: LHP Ricky Romero (9-4, 3.59 ERA)
Romero wasn't real sharp in his last outing against the Mariners, but he managed to give a solid six innings in an 11-4 win. He gave up four runs and 10 hits, but said he was happy with the way he attacked the strike zone and pitched to contact. Romero has been a reliable arm for the Jays all season. His 11 quality starts are the second most in the Majors for a rookie. He's never faced the A's.

Tidbits
Geren said he hasn't decided how he'll use Jason Giambi (strained right quad) when he comes off the disabled list. "I haven't thought about that yet," he said. "When the time comes, we'll figure that out." Oakland has been using Everidge, Nomar Garciaparra and Bobby Crosby at first. Another first baseman, Daric Barton, remains on the DL (strained left hamstring). ...The A's batted .296 in July, good for second best in the Major Leagues. It's the second best batting average for a single month in Oakland history. The A's hit .305 in August of 2005. ...Andrew Bailey has converted nine consecutive save opportunities. ...Rajai Davis ranks second in the American League entering Saturday play with 14 RBIs since the All-Star break.

Tickets
 Buy tickets now to catch the game in person.

On the Internet
 MLB.TV
 Gameday Audio
•  Gameday
•  Official game notes

On television
• CSNCA-HD

On radio
• KTRB 860, KDYA 1190 (Español)

Up next
• Monday: Athletics (Brett Anderson, 6-8, 4.33) vs. Rangers (Kevin Millwood, 9-7, 3.39), 7:05 p.m. PT
• Tuesday: Athletics (Gio Gonzalez, 2-2, 7.38) vs. Rangers (Derek Holland, 4-6, 5.56), 7:05 p.m. PT
• Wednesday: Athletics (Dallas Braden, 8-9, 3.89) vs. Rangers (Vicente Padilla, 8-5, 4.66), 7:05 p.m. PT

Adam Loberstein is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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