CLEANING UP THE COLISEUM: Shortly after the Oakland Athletics completed batting practice Wednesday, the grounds crew at the Coliseum began spray painting over the football field lines left over from Sunday's NFL game between the Oakland Raiders and Washington Redskins.
It's a stark reminder that the A's remain the only team in baseball still sharing facilities with another pro sports franchise — one of the prime reasons owner Lew Wolff has been seeking a new home for his ballclub.
The Coliseum is one of the oldest stadiums in the country, and plumbing problems have resulted in sewage leaking into the clubhouses and dugouts on more than one occasion this year.
The outfield grass has also taken a beating in recent weeks when the Coliseum switches from baseball to a football configuration.
Oakland players don't seem to mind too much. With a sellout crowd expected for Game 1 against the Detroit Tigers on Friday — tarps have been removed from parts of the upper deck to accommodate more fans — the A's relish the opportunity to open the playoffs at home.
"Granted, we don't have the nicest facility," first baseman Brandon Moss said. "But I think everybody is going to see that when this place is packed, how awesome it is to play in. I haven't played anywhere like it. It's the best. It's a football-type atmosphere, something completely different from anywhere else."
BUCCO AT HEART: His jersey says Cleveland on the front, but Indians manager Terry Francona has always had Pittsburgh close to his heart.
Francona grew up in New Brighton, Pa., which is 28 minutes from the Steel City. So he was excited to see the Pirates win their first playoff game since 1992 on Tuesday night, 6-2 over the Cincinnati Reds in the NL wild-card game.