Since returning July 27 from a right thumb injury that forced him to miss 55 games, Vernon Wells has gone hitless in 15 at-bats, striking out four times. He was hitting .244 with six home runs and 12 RBIs before getting hurt and has not recorded a hit since May 20. "I think he's jumping at the ball," Scioscia said. "He's working on some things. ... There's a lot of things he's working on. Hopefully he's going to find something that's going to let him contribute what he can do and what we need." Athletics: A's recovering from lengthy extra-inning games
The A's played 26 innings between Friday's win over the Blue Jays and Saturday's loss, their bullpen throwing 18 1/3 of them. A's relievers Evan Scribner and Pedro Figueroa combined to throw three scoreless innings in Sunday's 6-5 loss as the team's bullpen has posted a 2.11 ERA in its last three games. The A's get a day off Thursday after playing on 16 straight days. "We've been on the field a lot in high-pressure situations throughout very long games, so it mounts on you a little bit," Melvin said. "The schedule on top of that has not been in our favor in that we've played so many games in a row. We do finally have an off day after the Angels series, but it's something you go through over the course of a season a couple times. Worth noting
Dan Straily became the Major League-leading 18th A's rookie to make an appearance this year, currently tied with the 1983 Oakland squad for the second most in team history. Twenty-one rookies played for the 2008 A's. A team-record dozen rookies took the mound for the A's in 2009, one more than this season.
Josh Reddick hit a team-high 24th home run on Sunday, bringing the team's season total to 117, the most since 2009. The A's, however, lead the Majors with 898 strikeouts this season, including 102 in their last nine games, while posting a Majors-worst .229 batting average this year.