Jeff Karstens, marking a month on the DL with shoulder inflammation, is traveling with the club and could step up his rehab to pitching "simulated batting practice" before next weekend. That likely means throwing to batters in the cage, with a pitch count.
As a result of late-game maneuvers, Rod Barajas wound up taking over in the 10th at first base -- the catcher's first appearance there since July 9, 2008, as a member of the Toronto Blue Jays. Yes, A.J. Burnett had started that game, too.
Clint Barmes can top that: After running for Barajas following his 10th-inning single, he also took over at first base -- his initial appearance there as a big leaguer.
For that matter, James McDonald, the pitcher who brought a lifetime average of .071 into this season, was used as a 12th-inning pinch-hitter.