BOSTON -- Any game between the A's and Red Sox typically doubles as a reunion of sorts, with a large pocket of players holding ties to both organizations.
Perhaps no other player, though, has tugged at the hearts of each fan base in so short a time as Jonny Gomes, who has quickly endeared himself to Boston's devoted fan base just months after leaving Oakland, where he was also beloved.
Gomes was missing from Fenway Park for the opener of his new team's three-game set against his old team on Monday, as he was with family to welcome the birth of his daughter, Capri. But he was in Boston's lineup Tuesday, batting eighth as the designated hitter.
"I used to look forward to playing Oakland because it was the team I grew up rooting for," Gomes said. "I was all about the green and gold. But kind of like it was with the Rays and in Cincinnati, when you go to the playoffs with teams like that, you form life-long relationships. It's not like I just played with Seth Smith. It's this bond, it's way different. So this is a different situation for me, playing them now."
Gomes said he "absolutely" wanted to remain in Oakland upon season's end last year, but the A's decision to bring in outfielder Chris Young quickly removed any chance of that happening. Gomes ultimately signed a two-year, $10 million deal with the Red Sox in November and in the months that have passed, he's very much taken to the Boston community.
"Being able to share a batting cage, a clubhouse with these guys, seeing their work ethic and how professional these guys are, it's awesome," he said.
But he still planned on setting aside time to share a few moments with his former teammates.
"It'll be really cool to see all those guys, especially since the way things ended," he said. "I really didn't get a chance to say goodbye."
Gomes went 1-for-2 in the A's 13-0 win.
'Rusty' Wells happy for opportunity with A's
BOSTON -- A month removed from any game action, with much of that time spent idling on waivers, new A's outfielder Casper Wells was simply looking forward to taking batting practice with the team on Tuesday afternoon in Boston.
Alas, a cold rain aborted those plans, and Wells was forced to settle on taking swings in the cages prior to Oakland's game against the Red Sox.
"The longer he goes," manager Bob Melvin said, "the rustier he can get."
Melvin said he is "mildly concerned" about Wells' lengthy absence from games but he plans on getting him a start against a left-hander as soon as Wednesday.
"Obviously you'd like someone to be current," he said, "but there's not much we can do about that. He's here for a reason and he hopefully has a good batting practice."
Wells, traded to Oakland by the Blue Jays for cash on Monday, was designated for assignment by Toronto before ever getting into a game. This after he had already been designated by the Mariners on the last day of Spring Training.
The 28-year-old spent the last week in Seattle, getting in work at a local high school while "champing at the bit to get out on a baseball field and play baseball," he said.
"You have to keep a solid mindset, not let any outside distractions in or get off track from what you want to accomplish," Wells continued. "I'm glad Oakland took a chance on me here.
"I wish there was some way, during that waiver period, where you can still get at-bats in an extended setting, because it really puts guys like me in a situation where you haven't seen live pitching. I don't know how far behind I am, but I'll wait my turn as far as getting comfortable in a spot."
It's not certain Wells will even have a chance to get comfortable in his new home, with outfielder Yoenis Cespedes (left hand) expected off the disabled list Sunday.
Wells pinch-hit for Coco Crisp in the sixth inning of Tuesday's 13-0 win and flied out.
• Yoenis Cespedes remains on track to begin a two-day rehab stint with Triple-A Sacramento on Friday.
"He feels very good," Melvin said. "He wants to get out there right now and go play."
• The A's and Red Sox played in a cold rainfall Tuesday night, with first-pitch temperature announced at 42 degrees, with the "real feel" temperature deemed 34 degrees. At the time, it was 68 degrees and sunny in Oakland.