Notes: Crisp in shades, Inge on the way?


Notes: Crisp in shades, Inge on the way?

DETROIT -- Still recovering from a case of allergic conjunctivitis in both of his eyes, Coco Crisp sat in the clubhouse with his sunglasses on playing cards. He is in the lineup batting first and playing centerfield. Aside from the occasional ribbing from his teammates, it appears he is just fine after suffering from what is more commonly called pink eye. "He's probably a little bit better than yesterday," A's manager Bob Melvin said. "As we know Coco, if he can play he's going to do everything he can to play." Crisp was forced to miss Sunday's game with the eye issue and had to take a separate flight to join the team in Detroit. Melvin said he wanted to see how Crisp was doing after batting practice, but with the rain it looks like no one will be hitting on the field before the game. "It's an inconvenience and it is somewhat bothersome, but we certainly wouldn't put him in a position where he was at risk," Melvin said. "Earlier in the day it was good enough to make the lineup out." -- The A's are in Brandon Inge's hometown. There was a contingent of Detroit area reporters hovering around the A's clubhouse anticipating his arrival. Inside the clubhouse there is a stall set aside with his name on it. According to the A's, Inge's season-ending shoulder surgery was performed last Thursday in Detroit by Dr. Stephen Lemos, who is the Tigers' orthopedic surgeon. Inge wants to dress and travel with the team as soon as he is recovered enough from the surgery. It looks like he will show up at some point during this series, but no one seems to know when, yet.
"I'm not sure as far as he's a few days after the surgery," Melvin said. "He doesn't sit still for long I know that, so there is no telling where he is right now." -- The A's don't appear to be nervous as they begin what could be a road trip that decides the fate of their season. While the A's are an American League-best 40-31 on the road, they will be put to the test. The three teams that Oakland plays on this trip are the top three teams in the league in home winning percentage (Texas .635, Detroit .606, New York .597)."When you get ahead of yourself and look at the schedule on this 10-game road trip it can be kind of daunting," first baseman Brandon Moss said. "You know it's going to be a fight but if you take it one game at a time, anyone can win one game." While the "one game at a time" talk sounds cliche it has served the A's well this year. They embrace the mentality. "You look at the road trip as a whole and start worrying about going this and this, or blah blah blah, then you completely lose focus on today's game," Moss said. The A's hold the top spot in the A.L. Wild Card race and are in striking distance of the Rangers in the division. Catching Texas is still the A's top priority. "I don't think it's ever not been the focus," Melvin said. "For any team that still has a chance to win the division that's what you look at first and foremost." The A's still have seven games against the Rangers this season, four of them come on this road trip. Worrying about the Wild Card is an unnecessary distraction for more than one reason."For me the whole Wild Card thing is way too confusing to try and follow too much," Melvin said. "I look at one number behind us and then another, and you've got to do math to add it up. We're just looking at right now winning on a particular day." -- Rookie A.J. Griffin takes the mound for Oakland in the series opener. His 6-0 record to start his career is an Oakland record for a starting pitcher. Griffin is certainly turning heads in the baseball stratosphere. With the A's entrenched in their own October Quest there has been a lot of national media around lately and they all seem to ask about Griffin. "He's got good stuff, he believes in his teammates behind him, and to this point he's had a tremendous amount of success," Melvin said of the pitcher with a quirky and upbeat personality. "I wouldn't say he is one of those fierce-eyed competitors that's grinding out there. It's not like he's got Roger Clemens face when he is out there on the mound, but it works for him." Griffin will be opposed by right-handed pitcher Max Scherzer, who leads the American League with 220 strikeouts. The A's lineup is stacked with five lefties and two switch hitters.

Gray strikes out 11, Davis homers in A's 4-1 win over Marlins

Gray strikes out 11, Davis homers in A's 4-1 win over Marlins


OAKLAND -- Sonny Gray wanted to lighten the mood in the Athletics' clubhouse before the game so he lit a few candles in an adjacent locker, lowered the lights and had peaceful, pan-flute music piped into the overhead speakers.

Then the Oakland ace went out and put the Miami Marlins' offense to sleep with his best outing in two years.

Gray struck out a season-high 11 over seven innings, Khris Davis homered and the A's beat the Marlins 4-1 on Wednesday.

"We were just getting everybody nice and relaxed," Gray said of his pregame routine. "It was a good way to start the day. If we're going to put this thing together here . we're going to have to get everyone together and that's just a little way to do that."

Jed Lowrie matched his career high with four hits including two doubles, and Matt Joyce reached base three times and scored to help the A's earn a split of the two-game interleague series.

Gray (2-1) was dominant while earning his second straight win. The right-hander, who began the season on the disabled list because of a strained lat, retired the first nine batters, struck out the side twice and pitched out of a pair of jams to strand runners at third. Gray walked one and allowed three hits.

The 11 strikeout were one shy of Gray's career-best.

"That's what the really good ones do," A's manager Bob Melvin said. "They have a level and they have another level when they need it. We saw everything that makes him who he is today."

Ryan Madson pitched the eighth and Santiago Casilla got the last three outs for his seventh save, getting Tyler Moore to foul out with two runners on base to end the game.

Edinson Volquez (0-7) allowed three runs over six innings and tied the Marlins franchise record for most consecutive losses to open a season. The 33-year-old right-hander has dropped eight straight decisions overall dating to 2016, the longest drought of his career.

"When I signed on here I was hoping to be better than what I am right now," Volquez said. "The longer I'm pitching the way I did tonight, I'm good with it. I think I threw the ball pretty good today. One mistake. I threw a fastball to Davis and the ball keeps going."

The A's won despite three errors. They have 46 this season, most in the majors.

Dee Gordon singled and scored Miami's lone run.

Lowrie doubled and scored on Davis' 14th home run of the season, a two-out opposite field shot off Volquez. Lowrie added an RBI double in the fifth then singled in Adam Rosales in the seventh. It was Lowrie's team-leading 16th multi-hit game of the season and extended his modest hitting streak to six games. "Really consistent the whole year," Melvin said of Lowrie, who went 13 for 25 on the homestand. "Physically he feels better than he ever has. Durability-wise he's been out there more. I consistently talk to him about DH, but no, he wants to play."

Marlins: LF Christian Yelich did not play and is day to day after suffering a right hip flexor injury during Tuesday's win.

Athletics: 1B Yonder Alonso wore a protective wrap around his right wrist and was held out of the lineup after getting hit by a pitch. Melvin expects Alonso to be in the lineup Friday in New York. . RHP Jesse Hahn, who left his start Tuesday with a triceps strain, underwent an MRI test but results were unknown . LHP Sean Doolittle (left shoulder strain) will throw live batting practice Saturday in extended spring training in Arizona. . RHP Bobby Wahl was placed on the 10-day disabled list with soreness in his shoulder and biceps tendinitis. RHP Zach Neal was called up from Triple-A Nashville.

Marlins: RHP Dan Straily (2-3) faces the Los Angeles Angels for only the second time in his career Friday in Miami. Straily has failed to make it past the fifth inning in seven of his nine starts this season.

Athletics: RHP Kendall Graveman (2-2) pitches against the Yankees on Friday when Oakland begins a three-game series in New York. Kendall is winless in five starts since coming off the disabled list.

A's lineup: Alonso out vs Marlins after getting hit on wrist

A's lineup: Alonso out vs Marlins after getting hit on wrist

A day after getting hit by a pitch on his wrist, Yonder Alonso is not in the lineup as the A's get set to take on the Marlins Wednesday.

Miami Marlins:
1. Dee Gordon (L) 2B
2. Giancarlo Stanton (R) DH
3. Marcell Ozuna (R) CF
4. Justin Bour (L) 1B
5. J.T. Realmuto (R) C
6. Derek Dietrich (L) 3B
7. Tyler Moore (R) LF
8. J.T. Riddle (L) SS
9. Ichiro Suzuki (L) RF
Edinson Volquez -- RHP

Oakland A's:
1. Rajai Davis (R) CF
2. Matt Joyce (L) RF
3. Jed Lowrie (S) 2B
4. Khris Davis (R) DH
5. Ryon Healy (R) 1B
6. Trevor Plouffe (R) 3B
7. Chad Pinder (R) LF
8. Josh Phegley (R) C
9. Adam Rosales (R) SS
Sonny Gray -- RHP