UPDATE (Thursday at 10:30 p.m.) -- Yoenis Cespedes suffered a left hamstring strain and will miss at least a few games, according to Bob Melvin.
OAKLAND -- A’s left fielder Yoenis Cespedes left Thursday’s game at Houston in the seventh inning with an unknown injury after beating out an infield single.
That’s about the only thing that’s gone wrong for the A’s in a blowout they were leading 10-1 in the bottom of the seventh. Cespedes appeared to grab his leg after legging out a single to shortstop. It was unclear whether it was his leg that was bothering him or a bruised right heel that took him out of the lineup briefly on the last homestand.
Josh Reddick entered the game to pinch-run for Cespedes, who finished 1-for-5 with a single and two strikeouts.
Other than that, it’s been smooth sailing for Oakland in the opener of its 10-game road trip. Josh Donaldson has hit a pair of two-run homers. The second blast came one batter after Houston reliever Paul Clemens was ejected for throwing at Jed Lowrie. It was apparently continued retaliation from a series between these teams last week, when Lowrie bunted with the A’s leading 7-0 and was later thrown at by Clemens.