A's notes: A's ready for NFL season

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A's notes: A's ready for NFL season

SEATTLE -- In most cases, no news is good news. That appears to be the case for A's starting pitcher Brandon McCarthy. The A's had no major updates to report on Sunday morning before the game. With each day and subsequent update, things seem to be getting better for the pitcher who underwent a surgery to stabilize a skull fracture and an epidermal hemorrhage late Wednesday night. -- With McCarthy out indefinitely, Tommy Milone is now the oldest pitcher in the A's starting rotation. Milone, 25, finds it pretty hard to believe. He's had a solid rookie season, though. He has walked one batter or less in his last 13 starts, which is the second longest streak in Oakland history, and he is one win shy of reaching 12 victories that would tie an Oakland rookie record. "I think he has been about as consistent as you can be over the course of the season," A's manager Bob Melvin said. "The fact that he got off to a hot start at home led to the discussion of home and road splits for him, but I don't think he has a different approach anywhere." Milone is 2-4 with a 5.71 ERA in his last seven starts. Opponents are hitting .298 in those seven contests. As the elder statesman of the rotation, he'll have to find a way to limit mistakes. -- With the football season officially kicking off on Sunday, most of the A's players were huddled around in the clubhouse watching the games. The A's skipper said he isn't much of a football fan. He says he'll catch a game from time to time but isn't the type to play fantasy football or watch the NFL from dawn to dusk. "I'll watch a game if I have nothing to do," Melvin said. "Even during the offseason I would maybe watch a game, but I'd prefer to get out and do some things rather than sit on the couch all day long."Melvin says he likes both the 49ers and Raiders and is a bit of a fair weather fan when it comes to the Bay Area teams. He said he's also a fan of the Packers and likes whoever is doing better between the Giants and Jets. -- More of the same in Seattle? The last two games were nearly identical. The A's won both contests with a 6-1 final score, and both A's starting pitchers (A.J. Griffin, and Brett Anderson) got a win and threw 108 pitches. George Kottaras hit a fourth inning homer in both games, and Stephen Drew hit an RBI single on Friday and Saturday.

Instant Analysis: Five takeaways from A's loss despite five home runs

Instant Analysis: Five takeaways from A's loss despite five home runs

BOX SCORE

Hit five home runs, and a team has to like its chances of winning.

The A’s simply couldn’t keep up with the Houston Astros’ bats, however, in an 11-8 loss Wednesday night that snapped Oakland’s four-game winning streak. Khris Davis went deep twice, and Ryon Healy, Jed Lowrie and Matt Olson all went deep as the A’s set their season high for home runs.

But Houston racked up 17 hits against Jesse Hahn (3-6) and four relievers and evened this three-game series at a game apiece. It was the second time Hahn has gotten knocked around by Houston inside of a week.

The A’s took an early lead, 5-4, in the third on the second of Davis’ two homers, part of a four-run rally for Oakland. But the Astros answered right back with five runs in the bottom half, and the A’s never recovered from that momentum swing.

Hahn’s struggles continue: Hahn was trying to rebound after the Astros hung nine earned runs on him last Thursday at the Coliseum. Things didn’t improve Wednesday at Minute Maid Park, as the right-hander lasted just two-plus innings and allowed six runs on nine hits. Is this a case of one team simply having Hahn’s number or do the A’s make a move and try someone else in the rotation? It bears watching.

Krush Davis x 2: It was apparent early this would be a slugfest, with Khris Davis homering twice within the first three innings as the A’s tried to keep pace. He led off the second with a shot to left field, then came back with a three-run blast to left in the third that put Oakland up 5-4. The homers were his team-leading 20th and 21st.

Reddick-ulous night: Josh Reddick filled up the stat sheet against his old team in every way imaginable. He went 3-for-4 with three RBI and two runs, and twice caught the A’s by surprise by stealing third base. For good measure, he turned in an excellent running catch in right field to rob Yonder Alonso.

Strange offensive night: What to make of this night offensively for the A’s? They hit a season-high five homers but also struck out a whopping 17 times. No matter … you can’t hang this one on the offense, because …

The pitching staff just couldn’t hold things down: Josh Smith was called upon to hold down the fort after Hahn departed in the third, but Smith was tagged for three runs on four hits. Daniel Coulombe and John Axford also got touched for runs. Rookie Michael Brady did turn in 1 1/3 scoreless innings.

A's lineup: In rare move, Melvin makes no changes vs Astros

A's lineup: In rare move, Melvin makes no changes vs Astros

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After winning their fourth straight game on Tuesday, the A's are trotting out the same lineup Wednesday against the Astros.

Oakland A's:
1. Matt Joyce (L) LF
2. Matt Olson (L) RF
3. Jed Lowrie (S) 2B
4. Khris Davis (R) DH
5. Yonder Alonso (L) 1B
6. Ryon Healy (R) 3B
7. Bruce Maxwell (L) C
8. Franklin Barreto (R) SS
9. Jaycob Brugman (L) CF
Jesse Hahn -- RHP

Houston Astros:
1. George Springer (R) CF
2. Josh Reddick (L) RF
3. Jose Altuve (R) 2B
4. Carlos Correa (R) SS
5. Brian McCann (L) C
6. Carlos Beltran (S) DH
7. Marwin Gonzalez (S) 3B
8. Yuli Gurriel (R) 1B
9. Norichika Aoki (L) LF
David Paulino -- RHP