ANAHEIM -- With Stephen Drew missing from Thursday's lineup for the A's series finale in Anaheim, a familiar double-play duo took to the field.
Jemile Weeks and Cliff Pennington both drew starts, with the former manning second base for the first time since his surprising demotion Aug. 21, and the latter back at the shortstop position he hasn't seen since Drew jumped on board.
Before Thursday, Drew had started 20 of Oakland's 21 games at shortstop since reporting to the team following his acquisition from the D-backs. The rest is especially deserving, considering much of his season was spent mending the surgically repaired right ankle he fractured last year.
"He's been pretty durable since he's been with us, and that was a pretty big injury he's had, so I'm actually surprised with how durable he's been and how few days off he's had," manager Bob Melvin said. "This is only the second day I've given him since he's been here."
This won't become the norm, though, as Melvin noted, "We like what we're seeing out of Pennington and Drew."
"Those are our starters at this point," he continued. "But we're not afraid to play some hot hands, too, and Weeks has been a big part of this team. I actually feel good I can get him a start."
Weeks was hitting just .220 through 113 games with the A's when he was sent down to Triple-A Sacramento. That came after a breakout rookie season, when he compiled a .303 average in 97 games last year. He worked on raising his bat angle while with the River Cats and found success with the adjustment, collecting 15 hits in 45 at-bats.
Cespedes may not be out long with wrist sprain
ANAHEIM -- A's outfielder Yoenis Cespedes left Thursday's game against the Angels with a sprained right wrist and has been deemed day to day.
The Oakland rookie endured the same injury back in August and missed just one day, so it was rather encouraging when manager Bob Melvin relayed after the game that this "doesn't appear to be as bad." It's not known whether he'll be available for Friday's opener against the Orioles in Oakland.
Cespedes suffered the sprain while sliding into second base in the fourth inning and was replaced in left field in the top of the fifth by Brandon Moss, who began the game at first base. Chris Carter assumed that position.
In his first big league season, Cespedes has endured a handful of injuries. But when healthy, his presence in the lineup is undeniable, as the A's are 70-39 when he starts, compared to 12-22 when he doesn't.
Brandon Moss received his fourth straight start at first base Thursday, but Melvin said Chris Carter will be back in the starting lineup at the position Friday and Saturday, with the visiting Orioles throwing out a pair of lefties. Entering the day, Moss was 5-for-16 with two home runs and three RBIs on the road trip.
Entering Thursday, A's starting pitchers had walked three batters or fewer in each of the last 41 games, which ties the longest such streak in Oakland history. They also had a 41-game streak July 16-Aug. 28, 2001.
Jonny Gomes collected a pinch-hit single in the seventh inning of Wednesday's A's victory, and the team is now batting .309 in the pinch for the season, which is the best mark in the American League.
Jane Lee is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.