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Sacramento Notebook: DeFrancesco Q&A
Oakland Clubhouse: With all of the roster moves that have taken place recently, how have you been able to keep the team competitive?
Tony DeFrancesco: We're battling right now. Our pitching has been kind of weak; we don't have a lefty out of the ‘pen [the River Cats' only lefty reliever, Ron Flores, was recalled to Oakland in late April]. We just have to try and go out every day and compete the best we can. The guys are battling right now, but it isn't easy.
OC: Is there any end in sight to the moves?
TD: Well, they have to get healthy in Oakland before they can send any players back. [Chad] Gaudin is going to pitch again in a couple days, but overall everything is out of whack right now.
OC: Any worries about losing a catcher to them now that it's been announced that Jason Kendall will be suspended?
TD: No, because it's kind of exciting. I think. to get an opportunity in the big leagues. [If Brown were to get the call], it gives Baker a chance to catch here.
OC: The Sidewinders are a strong team full of top prospects from the Diamondbacks organization, are there any players that have stood out and impressed you?
TD: [Stephen] Drew is a pretty good player. Their outfielder [Carlos] Quentin is another solid player. They have [Randy] Choate, the left-handed reliever out of the bullpen as well. I've watched that team for the past three years and the play us tough every year. They've got a tough team.
OC: Juan Dominguez starts Monday in the last game of the series. What does he have to do to give this team a chance to win?
TD: Minimize his mistakes. He's been up in the zone and falling behind. He has to concentrate on making one pitch at a time. He's done that in the past, he's been a major league player. He has to get back on track otherwise the opportunities won't be there. [Ed. Note: Dominguez allowed one earned run in six innings in that Monday start]
OC: Any worries about losing Keith Ginter to fill the next open bullpen spot in Oakland? [Ginter made an emergency bullpen appearance Saturday against Tucson and pitched two innings, giving up two runs on three hits and walked a batter. Luckily for the Sidewinders, he did not record a strike out.]
TD: (Chuckles) That was an unfortunate situation. You've got 14,000 people here and you are putting in a second baseman for two innings. That's not the way it should be.
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