OAKLAND -- As part of their 80s Day promotion, the A's honored Stanley Burrell, more commonly known as MC Hammer, prior to their series finale with the Angels on Sunday.
Hammer, who has sold more than 50 million records worldwide, threw out the first pitch Sunday, and the first 15,000 fans at the Coliseum received commemorative bobblehead dolls of the recording artist -- who worked in the A's organization long before he became well known for his 1990 hit single "U Can't Touch This."
"It's very humbling," Hammer said of being honored by the club.
During the 1971-72 season, when Hammer -- who was given the moniker by former A's great Reggie Jackson -- was 11 years old, then A's owner Charles Finley spotted the young entrepreneur outside the Coliseum selling unused player tickets and offered him a job.
"Mr. Finley said, 'Oh, Hammer, you don't have to be my competition, come in and work for me," Hammer said. "He took me straight up to his box, and that began our relationship.
Hammer's two older brothers were already working for the A's, one as a bat boy and the other as a clubhouse assistant. As part of his job, the young Hammer relayed stats to the press box, and also did the play-by-play broadcast for home games.
Hammer said he used his experiences at the Coliseum as a blueprint for his successful music career.
"The years I was here were five consecutive division championships and three consecutive World Series, smallest administration staff in baseball, but profitable," he said. "It was a fine-oiled machine with enough theatrics to make it marketable and exciting for fans. I look at it very fondly."
The recording artist credits all of that to Finley and the way he ran his team -- from finding innovative in-game promotions, changing uniform colors and even spearheading the movement to have World Series games played at night. Because of that, Hammer said he believes Finley, who passed away in 1996, should be inducted into the Hall of Fame.
"You're talking about a man who would acquire talent, curate talent, market the team, promote the team and then actually win division championships and world championships," Hammer said. "Then to let you know that it was not an accident, he would do it consecutively, year in and year out.
"So yeah, he deserves to be in the Hall of Fame. He earned it."
Back spams have Devine's status in question
OAKLAND -- Reliever Joey Devine was questionable for Sunday's finale against the Angels after experiencing thoracic spasms in the middle-right side of his back on Friday.
The right-hander sustained the injury while warming up in the bullpen during the A's 5-3 series-opening win over Anaheim, but he still attempted to pitch. Devine exited the game after just four pitches because of the spasms, saying he landed awkwardly in a hole created on the bullpen mound.
Devine said he felt improvements Saturday. However, A's manager Bob Melvin said the reliever's availability Sunday would be "50-50, at best."
"He's better today," Melvin said. "Whether or not he's available, I'm not sure yet. We're closer, certainly, today than we were yesterday. If there's any little thing going on in there, we're probably better suited not to and give him the full off-day [Monday], as well, and hopefully be ready by Detroit."
If Devine were to be available Sunday, it would provide needed relief in a bullpen that has already seen plenty of action over the last two days. The A's have played three games in that span due to Saturday's doubleheader.
"We'll see who's available in the bullpen," Melvin said. "I'm guessing there are a couple of guys who won't be available."
Weeks playing through jammed finger
OAKLAND -- Rookie second baseman Jemile Weeks jammed his left ring finger in the first game of Saturday's doubleheader, but said he is dealing with it just fine.
After Weeks sustained the injury, A's manager Bob Melvin considered sitting him out for the second game of the twin bill, but decided to keep him in the lineup.
"After his performance in the first game, it didn't seem like it was too big an issue for him," Melvin said. "It was easy to run him out there for the second game."
The rookie answered with a 2-for-5 performance, giving him his third consecutive multihit game. The speedy Weeks also stole his third base in as many games since the All-Star break, finishing the day 5-for-9 at the plate with an RBI and two stolen bags.
"It's good to see a younger player come up and want to play with injuries," Melvin said. "It's kind of that old-school mentality -- if it ain't broke, you should be able to go out there and play."
Weeks was again in the lineup batting leadoff for Sunday's series finale.
"A lot of the times [managers] will coddle some of the younger players, but it's good to see a guy who's forcing the issue and even though he's got some little nagging things he wants to go out there and play every day," Melvin said. "And not only play every day, but play in a doubleheader, as well."
Tom Green is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.