'Mt. Everidge' making name for himself

'Mt. Everidge' making name for himself

SEATTLE -- A's manager Bob Geren suggested that he might have three different starting first basemen in the three-game series against the Mariners that opened on Monday at Safeco Field.

Daric Barton, a left-handed hitter, got the nod on Monday against Seattle right-hander Ian Snell. The Mariners are starting southpaws Tuesday and Wednesday, and Nomar Garciaparra and rookie Tommy Everidge, both righty swingers, are each expected to start at first base in one of those games.

Whichever of the two games Everidge gets to start -- he could serve as designated hitter in one of them -- will give his growing fan base another opportunity to celebrate "Tommy Time."

That's just one of the hulking rookie's nicknames, and it's represented on a banner that's been flapping at Oakland -- Alameda County Coliseum from time to time since the Sonoma State product was called up to make his big league debut on July 28.

Geren, who first noticed the banner Sunday, casually referred to Everidge, 26, as "Tank."

"He told me that one," Geren said. "I guess that's been his nickname for a while. 'Tommy the Tank.' It's a compliment, right? Big, strong, powerful, durable."

The latest moniker to come to Everidge's attention is a tad more creative: "Mt. Everidge." And it meets the man-mountain's approval.

"Yeah, that's pretty good," Everidge said while watching a Little League World Series game in the visitors' clubhouse at Safeco. "I like it."

Geren on Monday used another big-boned rookie, Landon Powell, at DH on Monday and said he might use Powell, who hit a three-run homer Sunday, and regular catcher Kurt Suzuki in the lineup together more often in the season's final five weeks.

That will be less of a risk once rosters expand Sept. 1, assuming the A's promote a third catcher. Eric Munson, who has big league experience, is having a solid season at Triple-A Sacramento, batting .278 with 13 homers with 64 RBIs and a .367 on-base percentage in 90 games through Sunday.

Barton is currently Oakland's emergency catcher, having played the position in his first two years as a pro. Asked who his emergency catcher was when Barton was on the disabled list July 27-Aug. 20, Geren said such a situation might have merited a little 'Tommy Time.'

Pitching matchup
OAK: LHP Brett Anderson (7-9, 4.51 ERA)
Anderson threw seven impressive innings Wednesday but surrendered a two-run homer to Mark Teixeira that proved to be the difference in a 3-2 loss to the Yankees. A 21-year-old rookie, Anderson allowed three runs on six hits and struck out six. Anderson is 4-2 with a 3.20 ERA in 64 2/3 innings over his past 10 starts. After giving up five runs in six innings against Seattle in his Major League debut on April 10, Anderson held the Mariners to one run in six innings on May 25.

SEA: LHP Ryan Rowland-Smith (2-1, 4.24 ERA)
The Australia native had mixed results in his previous outing. He was impressive in the first three innings while retiring nine of the 10 batters he faced, and not-so-good over the next 2 1/3 innings, surrendering a pair of solo home runs, four walks and a double. All three of the runners he left on base when he departed in the sixth inning scored, which hiked his ERA over the 4.00 mark. Opponents are 3-for-23 against him in the first inning. He appears to be a homebody, posting a 2-1 record and 3.25 ERA at Safeco Field this season and is 0-0 with a 6.39 ERA on the road.

Dribblers ...
With lefty Dallas Braden (left foot) expected to be out for at least another three weeks, talk of a six-man starting rotation has cooled for the time being. ... Bobby Crosby (left calf) is on the trip and did some hitting on Monday. He's expecting to be ready to come off the disabled list as soon as he's eligible on Sept. 2. ... Heading into the Seattle series, right-handed reliever Michael Wuertz had 47 strikeouts in his previous 29 2/3 innings and led all American League relievers with 77 strikeouts in 60 1/3 innings. ... Former American Idol champion David Cook, a lefty, threw out the ceremonial first pitch to former A's first baseman/DH Mike Sweeney. Cook is in town for a tour stop.

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Up next
• Wednesday: Athletics (Gio Gonzalez, 4-4, 5.78) at Mariners (Luke French, 3-3, 3.83), 7:10 p.m. PT
• Thursday: Athletics (Trevor Cahill, 6-12, 4.86) at Angels (Ervin Santana, 7-6, 6.13), 7:25 p.m. PT
• Friday: Athletics (Brett Tomko, 3-2, 3.69) at Angels (Trevor Bell, 1-1, 9.49), 7:05 p.m. PT

Mychael Urban is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.