YOUNG FAN INJURED: Tuesday's game had some actual fireworks: a loud explosion in the leftfield seats during the third inning. A's officials said a fan threw a cherry bomb from the third deck of the stadium, and an 8-year-old boy had to be taken to a hospital to be treated for burns. Police had a suspect in custody.
_ MARC TOPKIN
TODAY: RAYS AT A'S
PITCHERS: Rays _ LHP Joe Kennedy (3-5, 5.88); A's _ LHP Ted Lilly (5-7, 5.06).
WORTH NOTING: Kennedy makes his first start since May 31. He is 0-2 with a 5.84 ERA in four games against the A's, allowing nine runs in 11 innings at the Net. Lilly, a former Yankee, is 2-0 with a 2.59 ERA in four games against the Rays. After starting the season he is 3-2, 3.67, he is 2-5, a 6.39 ERA over his last nine starts.
OUTTA LEFTFIELD Lou Piniella usually is pretty savvy. But he says he never expected his Sunday morning blonding experience to generate so much coverage in terms of newspaper photos and video clips. "I'm embarrassed by all the attention, I really am," he said. "I was telling (PR director) Rick Vaughn if I knew, I would have gone to a hair stylist in Tampa on Monday or here in San Francisco and got it done in the privacy of a salon somewhere. What happens is I don't think these things out and I say them and I follow up with them and I don't think they'll get the attention they get. Why should they? It goes to show you there's a lot of wasted time on television. That's what it goes to show you."