The Cubs will make their first-ever trip to Oakland this week and the three-game series will serve as a homecoming of sorts for manager Dale Sveum.
Sveum grew up in Pinole, Calif., about a half-hour north of O.co Coliseum.
"It's where I grew up, just outside of Oakland," Sveum said. "I don't have the family and everything I used to. Being a half-hour from there, there are still a lot of people to see. It's always nice going back there."
Scott Feldman was initially slated to pitch for the Cubs, but he was traded Tuesday afternoon to the Orioles. In his place, Chris Rusin will encounter an A's club that has won four of five. Oakland's 48-35 record is the franchise's best through 83 games since 1992. The A's are 9-3 in Interleague Play.
Manager Bob Melvin has been satisfied with his team's overall level of play through the first half of the season.
"We like our roster and we like how everybody has a part and contributes," Melvin said. "And at times during the first half we've been really good on the pitching end, we've been at times really good offensively and I think our numbers would indicate we've been pretty consistent with both. So I think it's more the consistency and the use of the whole roster that we're happy with at this point."
Cubs: Sweeney out a month or more
Outfielder Ryan Sweeney is expected to miss four to six weeks with a fractured left rib, incurred when he crashed into the wall on Saturday while catching a fly ball. Sweeney was batting .295 in 112 at-bats this season.
"It's unfortunate, because we started to get things going with the offense and now we lose a big piece of that," Sveum said. "It's unfortunate for him, too, because he's trying to get his career going and play every day. It stinks when those things happen to guys like that, who are good players and getting a chance and all of a sudden it's taken away for a couple of months."
A's: Griffin eyeing repeat performance
A.J. Griffin, who will take the hill on Tuesday, is coming off perhaps the best start of his Major League career. On Wednesday, Griffin limited the Reds to two hits and two walks over nine scoreless innings. The win evened his record at 6-6 and lowered his ERA to 3.56.
• Oakland's starting pitchers are 21-6 with a 3.01 ERA since May 17.
• The Cubs have played regular-season games in 113 different ballparks but never in Oakland.