ALAMEDA Raiders head coach Dennis Allen said he wont make any decision on DarrenMcFadden or Mike Goodsons availability for OaklandsWeek 10 game in Baltimoreuntil after Fridays practice at the earliest.Both McFadden and Goodson sat out Thursdays practice in Alameda with highankle sprains and Allen confirmed that the top two running backs on his depthchart are still in walking boots, forcing him to pass down the reps.Two guys have taken those snaps; Taiwan Jones and Marcel Reecehave both taken reps there with the first group, Allen said.Offensive coordinator Greg Knapp said the Raiders have a running back contingencyin place.Well play to the strength of the backs were going to use, Knapp said. HopefullyDarren and Goody can make it back, but if not we have a second plan ready togo.With Reece more of a threat in the passing game, Jones would likely be the bellcow in Baltimoreif McFadden and Goodson are on the sidelines. Knapp explained what has heldJones back from more touches so far and what makes him such an enticing backupplan.Its been ball security and the assignments, Knapp said of Jones limitations.And part of his assignment issues have been because of lack of reps because ofthe injuries, so you miss out on opportunities due to lack of reps. But Imexcited for the young kid. I hope he gets a chance to get in there and havesome confidence and get some successful plays to build his confidence.In addition to McFadden and Jones sitting out Thursday, veteran defensivetackle Richard Seymour was also notably absent. He had previously been dealingwith a knee injury, but is now also dealing with a hamstring problem that Allendid not sugar coat.He couldnt practice today if he had to, Allen said, which seems tosuggest that Seymouris an unlikely candidate to play against the Ravens. Officially, though, Allenwouldnt rule Seymourout yet.When Seymour was asked if he would be a game-time decision in Baltimore, he said he didnt know.When itsready, Ill be back, Seymoursaid. Weve got a good training staff. Im working hard.Cornerback Shawntae Spencer was the fourth non-participant on Thursday. Theinjury report had only one change from Wednesday, the addition of tight endRichard Gordon to the group of full participators.Did not participate -- RB Mike Goodson(ankle), RB Darren McFadden (ankle), DT Richard Seymour (kneehamstring), CBShawntae Spencer (right foot).Limited participationin practice -- RT Khalif Barnes (groin), TE Brandon Myers (shoulder),PK Sebastian Janikowski (left groin), S Matt Giordano(hamstring).Full participation in practice-- RT Willie Smith (knee), FB Marcel Reece (hamstring), LB MIles Burris(elbow), LB Keenan Clayton (shoulder), DT Desmond Bryant (cardiac), DE MattShaughnessy (shoulder), DE Dave Tollefson (shoulder), CB Coye Francies (thumb),S Mike Mitchell (finger), TE Richard Gordon (hamstring).
PHOENIX — A few weeks ago, Nick Hundley said he preferred not to talk about his future until the end of the season. We’re close enough, so after hitting the go-ahead homer Monday night, Hundley was again asked about his 2018 plans. He smiled.
“How many have we got left? Five?” he said. “Ask me Sunday.”
It’s not just the media and fans seeking an answer from the popular backup who has nine homers. The Giants hope to get some feel from Hundley as they finalize offseason plans, and manager Bruce Bochy said he would talk to the veteran this week. Bochy left no doubt about what he hopes will happen.
“I think he knows what we think of him,” he said.
Hundley, a 34-year-old who came over in the offseason, has been one of the few overachievers this season. He has 32 extra-base hits in 274 at-bats, taking advantage of increased time with Brandon Belt done for the year and Buster Posey sliding over to first base. Hundley is one of the lineup’s more potent right-handed options, and he has earned praise from the starting staff. Johnny Cueto said Hundley helped him navigate a post-clinch Diamondbacks lineup that was essentially pulled straight out of Triple-A.
Cueto did so with ease, striking out eight in six innings. He evened his record at 8-8, and he’ll have a chance to clinch a winning season on Sunday. Bochy said Cueto will start the final game of the season, and he confirmed that Matt Cain will start either Friday or Saturday. Asked for more details, the manager kept it just as mysterious as his catcher.
“I’ll let you know tomorrow,” he said.
A day after being eliminated from playoff contention, the slumping Mariners snapped Oakland's season-high seven-game winning streak and its eight-game run at home - the team's second-longest in 11 years.
The Mariners had lost eight of nine.
Hernandez (6-5) gave up one run in six innings of two-hit ball. King Felix hadn't won since July 15, a stretch that included a stint on the disabled list from Aug. 2 to Sept. 13 with right shoulder bursitis. He was 0-2 with a 5.40 ERA in his previous five starts.
Haniger hit his 15th and 16th home runs off starter Daniel Gossett (4-10). The 24-year-old Oakland rookie gave up seven runs on a career-high four homers allowed.
Marcus Semien hit a solo homer off Hernandez in the sixth.
Andrew Albers pitched three shutout innings for his first save.
MAXWELL IN THE LINEUP:
A's catcher Bruce Maxwell played his first game since becoming the first player in the majors to kneel during the national anthem Saturday, part of a national protest movement against discrimination and harsh treatment of blacks by police. He was greeted with a loud ovation along with some boos sprinkled in from the Oakland crowd of 9,329. Maxwell cleared the concussion protocol on Monday. He hadn't played since Sept. 20.
SHOW OF SUPPORT:
In an apparent show of support for Maxwell, most of the Oakland Unified School District band members took a knee as they performed the national anthem before the game.
The 31-year-old Hernandez became the fifth active pitcher to log more than 2,500 career innings.
Mariners: INF Jean Segura (sprained right middle finger) will likely miss the remainder of the series, manager Scott Servais said. "He wants to get in there before the season's over. It's important to him, but he's not going to be available for a couple of days," Servais said.
Athletics: 1B Matt Olson was scheduled to have an MRI to determine the severity of a hamstring injury he sustained Sunday. The 23-year-old rookie will miss the rest of the series, manager Bob Melvin said. Olson has 25 home runs in 189 at-bats. "We're hoping we can get him back in Texas, but I'm not so sure about that," Melvin said. ... LHP Sean Manaea, who missed his last scheduled start on Saturday with upper back tightness, threw a bullpen and is on track to make his next start Thursday, Melvin said.
Mariners: LHP James Paxton (12-5, 3.03 ERA) is 0-2 with a 9.00 ERA in two starts since coming off the DL on Sept. 14. He had been sidelined with a strained left pectoral muscle. Paxton is 3-0 with a 3.77 ERA in five career starts against Oakland.
Athletics: RHP Daniel Mengden (2-1, 3.30) is 2-0 with a 0.82 ERA in his last three starts. Mengden took the loss in his only career start against Seattle last season. He struck out six and gave up two runs on five hits and two walks in five innings.