A's notes: Straily does work, Cespedes' status

A's notes: Straily does work, Cespedes' status
July 20, 2013, 10:30 pm
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Dan Straily reacts after giving up a solo home run to Los Angeles Angels' Alberto Callaspo in the seventh inning. (AP)

ANAHEIM -- Dan Straily did his job, so to speak.

He limited the high-priced, high-powered Angels offense to a mere two runs. But it was not enough. Not in a 2-0 loss or the A's.

"It was a matter of needing to put up to more 'zeroes' than I did," Straily said. "It's my job to keep us in the game."

That he did. Straily nicked Mike Trout's jersey in the first inning, and he came around to score on a Josh Hamilton sacrifice fly out to left fielder Chris Young. Then, in the seventh, he hung a change-up to Alberto Callaspo that he hit for a solo home run.

Ballgame…with the A's meager bats.

"Yeah, he pitched well," A's manager Bob Melvin said of Straily. "Really, the only pitch he probably takes back is the change-up to Callaspo. He's on a nice little run for us. He's giving us a chance to win every time he goes out there."

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Melvin said the only way Yoenis Cespedes (left wrist) was getting in the game was as a pinch-runner, potentially for pinch-hitter Seth Smith in in the ninth inning. So will Cespedes be available Sunday?

"My guess is probably not," Melvin said. "But we'll see how he is when he gets here."

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Since May 10, the A's are just 10-14 against the American League West, 28-9 against everyone else…by dropping the first two games of the series against the Angels, the A's record in series this season fell to 18-11-3…it was the third time the A's had a season-low three hits.

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