Team Report - OAKLAND ATHLETICS

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INSIDE PITCH

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Oakland A's lefty Sean Doolittle made some comments that might be construed as cocky, but the facts back him up.

"We've been playing great this whole road trip," Doolittle said of the A's, who completed a 7-2 trip to Minnesota, Seattle and Anaheim on Wednesday. "There's a sense in this clubhouse if the game is close or tied late in the game, it's just like, 'How are we going to do this, who is going to be the guy to step up tonight?'"

The A's lead the majors with three extra-inning wins and four victories in their final at-bat. They also have three wins when trailing after seven innings, tops in the majors.

Doolittle blew a save opportunity Tuesday when he gave up a game-tying, two-run homer to Los Angeles Angels center fielder Mike Trout in the ninth inning, but he said no one in the A's dugout had a letdown.

"When I was back in the dugout after the ninth inning, it seemed like it was only a matter of time before our team was going to put another run across and figure out how to get a win," he said. "It was just going to be a matter of how we were going to do it."

It didn't happen for them Wednesday, though, as the Angels handed the A's their first extra-inning loss of the season, 5-4 in 12 innings.

"As many games as we've been in, the close games that we've played, the pitching was a little thin there," A's manager Bob Melvin said. "The (Thursday) off day comes at a good time for us."

NOTES, QUOTES

RECORD: 10-5

STREAK: Lost one

NEXT: Astros (RHP Jarred Cosart, 1-1, 4.00 ERA) at A's (RHP Sonny Gray, 2-0, 0.95 ERA)

PLAYER NOTES:

--CF Coco Crisp (hamstring) was not in the starting lineup for the third game in a row. He walked as an 11th-inning pinch hitter. Manager Bob Melvin wanted to give Crisp another game off ahead of the team's Thursday off day.

--CF Craig Gentry got his third consecutive start against the Angels on Wednesday, subbing for CF Coco Crisp (hamstring). In the three-game series, Gentry went 5-for-12 with two walks and two runs.

--RHP Marcus Walden, designated for assignment by the Blue Jays on Tuesday, was claimed off waivers by the A's on Wednesday. Walden, 25, was 0-1 with a 13.50 ERA in three relief appearances for Triple-A Buffalo this season. He went 6-14 with a 3.71 ERA in 26 starts for Double-A New Hampshire last year. The A's optioned Walden to Triple-A Sacramento.

--3B Josh Donaldson went 1-for-6 Wednesday against the Angels, extending his hitting streak to 10 games. During the streak, he is hitting .333 (16-for-48) with four doubles, three homers, nine RBIs and 10 runs.

--LHP Tommy Milone went six-plus innings Wednesday against the Angels, giving up three runs (two earned) on six hits and two walks. He got a no-decision in Oakland's 5-4, 12-inning loss, and he is still looking for his first win of the season.

--RHP Sonny Gray will make his fourth start of the season Friday against the Astros. Gray has allowed one run or fewer in each of his first three starts. He is 1-1 with a 1.13 ERA in two career starts vs. Houston.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "Well, look, we battled hard again, and we had a couple chances to win it. You're not going to win 'em all, so you move on. We had a good trip." -- Manager Bob Melvin, after the A's lost 3-2 in 12 innings to the Los Angeles Angels on Wednesday, ending Oakland's 7-2 road trip.

ROSTER REPORT

MEDICAL WATCH:

--OF Coco Crisp (left hamstring tightness) left the April 13 game. He sat out April 14 for precautionary reasons. He entered the April 15 and April 16 games as a sub, and he is expected to start April 18.

--LHP Scott Kazmir (left triceps tightness) was hurt during his April 13 start. Kazmir said that the injury was "very, very minor" and that he fully expects to be available for his next start. He reported feeling better April 14.

--INF Jake Elmore (strained left quad) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to March 28. He likely will be sent to Triple-A Sacramento as soon as he is eligible to be activated.

--RHP Fernando Rodriguez (Tommy John surgery in March 2013) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to March 21. He threw in several minor league games the final two weeks of spring training and will continue his comeback during a 30-day rehab assignment at Triple-A Sacramento. A's manager Bob Melvin said April 2 that he expects Rodriguez to be on the A's 25-man roster at some point this season.

--RHP A.J. Griffin (right flexor tendinitis) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to March 21. He is unlikely to start for Oakland until May at the earliest.

--LHP Eric O'Flaherty (Tommy John surgery in May 2013) went on the 60-day disabled list Feb. 17. He was throwing long-toss at the start of spring training, and he is on track to join the A's sometime during midseason.

--RHP Jarrod Parker (torn right ulnar collateral ligament) went on the 60-day disabled list March 20. He had a second Tommy John surgery March 24, and he will miss the entire season.

ROTATION:

RHP Sonny Gray

LHP Scott Kazmir

RHP Jesse Chavez

RHP Dan Straily

LHP Tommy Milone

BULLPEN:

LHP Sean Doolittle

RHP Jim Johnson

RHP Luke Gregerson

RHP Ryan Cook

RHP Dan Otero

LHP Fernando Abad

LHP Drew Pomeranz

CATCHERS:

John Jaso

Derek Norris

INFIELDERS:

1B Daric Barton

2B Eric Sogard

SS Jed Lowrie

3B Josh Donaldson

INF Nick Punto

INF Alberto Callaspo

INF Brandon Moss

OUTFIELDERS:

LF Yoenis Cespedes

CF Coco Crisp

RF Josh Reddick

OF Craig Gentry

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