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Postgame tidbits

A handful of quick notes from Target Field:

  • Coco Crisp was tagged out trying to go from first to third in the sixth inning, when he made his way to second on a throwing error by Kevin Slowey before pausing to look back to find the ball and continuing on to third, where he was tagged. Pausing rather than just focusing on third base coach Mike Gallego, Geren said, led to the out.
  • The Twins are now 6-2 against the A’s and 24-11 against the AL West this year.
  • A’s starting pitchers have recorded a decision in each of their last 25 games, which is the fourth longest streak in Oakland history. It marks the longest since Aug. 21-Sept. 29, 1979, when A’s starters had a record 36 straight games with a decision.
  • Aki Iwamura‘s seventh-inning double was his first extra-base hit since June 15, when he was with the Pirates.
  • Chris Carter extended his career-opening hitless streak to 29 at-bats. It is the longest hitless streak to start a career by a non-pitcher since Texas’ Vic Harris went 0-for-36 in 1972. Carter has compiled 13 times in those at-bats.
  • Carter’s attempt at Drew Butera’s ball to left field that resulted in a double in the fifth had Geren saying his outfielder would likely make that play 8 out of 10 times. “It just didn’t stay in his glove,” Geren said. “He catches that more times than not.”
  • Henry Rodriguez has not allowed a run in 15 of his last 16 appearances. He has 17 strikeouts over that span.
  • Brad Ziegler made his first appearance since Monday, tallying two strikeouts in the eighth inning. He has appeared in just 12 of the club’s 44 games since July 31.
  • Daric Barton is 1-for-16 on the road trip and didn’t reach base for just the second time in his last 32 games Saturday. He still has a Major League-leading 102 walks for the season.
  • Gabe Gross has endured a stretch of 21 games without a start. On Saturday, for a second straight day, he entered the game late but did not get an at-bat.
  • Landon Powell joked before Saturday’s game that he was going to need to hit doubles with Rajai Davis batting behind him. He not only got a double, but a homer too. It marked his first home run since May 28 at Detroit.

Rosales exits with ankle injury

Adam Rosales made an early departure from Wednesday’s game after aggravating the ankle injury that’s been bothering him this week. Rosales told me Monday he’s been battling ankle tendinitis for about a year now, but only recently has it really affected him on the field. When I ran into him today, I said his ankle must be feeling better if he’s in the lineup. He shrugged with a smile, saying, “It’s playable.” Yet, after Geren deemed him “100 percent” and “ready to go” before the game, Rosales lasted just one inning. Hopefully this signals a need to get it completely taken care of before running him out there again. The A’s don’t need to crowd the DL any more.

Note: Geren also said before the game Gabe Gross turned his ankle and is a little sore but is still available. Gross hasn’t appeared in a game since Sunday, when he walked in a pinch-hit at-bat.

Will we see Taylor before Buck?

I think I’ve finally recovered from Monday’s wacky series of events. When I confirmed the Gabe Gross signing news Sunday, I was pretty certain Monday could turn out to be interesting knowing that a trade was most likely to follow to make room on the 40-man. But never would I have pegged it to be a day when we saw not one but two utility infielders come in, not to mention a brief hour-long stint by a $4 million outfielder (Willy Taveras) only to watch him be designated for assignment. And in the meantime, Dana Eveland and Gregorio Petit were DFA’d as well. Needless to say, I was afraid to leave my laptop and/or phone in the event news was waiting about the groundbreaking of a new A’s stadium and/or confirmation that Grant Desme changed his mind about the priesthood. It was THAT kind of day. A kind of day on which anything could happen.

What didn’t happen, aside from fans’ fantasies about the stadium and Desme, was anything involving Travis Buck. In fact, no news of Buck has surfaced in quite awhile. And the way I see it — through reports and personal observations — is that tension is running mighty high between the once promising goldilocks outfielder and the organization. When I talked to David Forst on Monday, he made no mention of Buck when asked about the fourth/fifth outfield slots. Neither did Billy Beane when discussing the matter with the Contra Costa Times.

That being said, I could seriously see Michael Taylor picking out white cleats before Buck does so again. And for Buck’s sake, I hope he’s gone by Opening Day. The kid needs a change of scenery — a new team to prove his worth. So let’s take it to the polls:

Where will we see Travis Buck on Opening Day?
A. Getting reacquainted with new and old teammates in Sacramento.
B. Sitting on the bench in Oakland.
C. Sitting on a big league bench somewhere far away.
D. Standing in a big league outfield somewhere far away.
  

Buck in As future?

As reported here, a club source told me Sunday that the A’s have indeed signed free agent outfielder Gabe Gross to a one-year deal. According to the source, Gross’ contract is worth $750,000. He can earn up to $1 million based on plate appearances. Here’s the breakdown:

300 ABs: $25,000
350 ABs: $25,000
400 ABs: $50,000
450 ABs: $50,000
500 ABs: $50,000
550 ABs: $50,000

The deal was likely done Friday, and the club anticipated announcing the news Monday. So come tomorrow, if/when the A’s put out a release, it should be interesting to see who is designated for assignment. The Ben Sheets signing put the A’s right at the 40-man mark, so someone’s definitely getting the bump. I know this deal is also leaving many of you Travis Buck fans skeptical about his future in Oakland. Before the rumors of Gross (and Johnny Damon) began circling about, many assumed Buck was the A’s fourth outfielder. In the past, Beane has been adamant about Buck not being available to other teams, but a deal like this has to make you wonder if he’s changed his mind.

Count your outfielders

All is apparently not quiet on the Western Front. Talks of the A’s in pursuit of one-time Oakland player Johnny Damon have fizzled this weekend, but according to multiple reports — including FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal and ESPN’s Buster Olney — the club is now in “serious discussions” with free-agent outfielder Gabe Gross. The 30-year-old Gross, who hit .227 with six homers and 36 games for Tampa Bay last year, would presumably offer the A’s a left-handed option off the bench and yet another backup outfielder.

Over the past couple weeks, both Beane and Geren have boasted about what could shape up to be the best defensive outfield in the league with Davis in LF, Crisp in CF and Sweeney in RF. The A’s also have the highly touted Michael Taylor waiting in line, not to mention options in Eric Patterson and Travis Buck — the latter who the A’s seem to have lost a lot of hope on, especially if a Gross signing gets done. So with the A’s entering camp with more outfielders than some can count, it begs the question of why Beane is so interested in signing an outfielder rather than what he calls a much-needed utility infielder.

At the same time, it’s Beane. And where his mind goes at this time of the year is anybody’s guess. After all, it’s fair to say the Ben Sheets signing didn’t make much sense — considering the pitching depth — before the deal came into fruition. And now that it has, it makes great sense barring any injury. But Gross is not Sheets. And he’s not Crisp. Or Kouzmanoff. So what gives?

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