Melvin on Callaspo: 'This is a guy that can play everywhere'
The Blue Jays knocked Dan Straily from the game with two outs in the fifth inning Tuesday in Oakland. (USA TODAY IMAGES)
OAKLAND -- If the A's seemed suddenly flat to you Tuesday night, you might be on to something. Oakland, then, is hoping the under-the-radar acquisition of infielder Alberto Callaspo can help spark not only the A"s suddenly silent bats, but shore up the defense.
In the 5-0 loss to Toronto, the A's had just five hits through eight innings -- they finished with seven -- and committed two costly errors overall.
Blue Jays starter Mark Buehrle extended his scoreless streak to 20 innings with seven shutout innings against the A's.
Oakland (63-44) saw its lead in the American League West reduced for the first time in July as they were 5 1/2 games ahead of Texas, which was in extra innings against the Los Angeles Angels.
Starting pitching report
Dan Straily continued his streak of being mostly ineffective since being recalled from Triple-A Sacramento, dropping his third straight decision to fall to 6-5. He gave up five runs, though just two were earned, in 4 2/3 innings on six hits, including two home runs with two walks and two strikeouts. He threw 96 pitches, 61 strikes.
Dan Otero allowed an inherited runner to score and gave up three hits in 2 1/3 innings while Jerry Blevins and Pat Neshek each had clean innings.
At the plate
Derek Norris continued his strong July -- he entered the game hitting .333 with seven walks in the month -- with a 2-for-3 night at the plate. He and Jed Lowrie were the only A's batter with multiple hits. Lowrie doubled to lead off the ninth.
In the field
Gold glove right fielder Josh Reddick took a knee from second baseman Jed Lowrie to the right temple in the seventh inning as they collided chasing an Edwin Encarnacion pop-up in shallow right. Reddick, who was sliding feet first in an attempt to catch the ball, remained on the grass for a few minutes and was examined by a trainer before getting up and staying in the game.
The A's announced a crowd of 17,479 at the O.co Coliseum.
Tweet o' da game
can someone please ask him what he is talking about? Since when do we strengthen rivals for negligible short term gain? -- @mlaw13, on Billy Beane trading prospect Grant Green for veteran Alberto Callaspo.
Bartolo Colon (14-3, 2.54 ERA) will not face suspension for his connection to the Biogenesis scandal, according to the New York Daily News. Instead, he will face knuckleballer R.A. Dickey (8-11, 4.86).