OAK@SF: Cespedes scores Jaso to cut into Giants' lead

OAKLAND -- Saturday's quick turnaround also influenced how manager Bob Melvin approached his lineup. Yoenis Cespedes was slotted at designated hitter for the A's instead of at his normal spot in left field.

"There are times during the season when series seem to take a little bit more out of you," Melvin said. "How you combat that, it's difficult to do. You're going to play regardless the next day. So you just try to keep it light. ... You just have to know going in that there's going to be days where you're not feeling as energetic as other days, but you still have to go out there and grind."

Coco Crisp received a similar treatment in Friday's 3-0 win against the White Sox, leading off as the A's designated hitter rather than patrolling center field.

"Both of these guys are obviously very important to us," Melvin said. "We want to keep Coco healthy, and as hard as he plays in the outfield he needs a full day off from time to time. It's very difficult to have both of these guys out of the lineup, so this is kind of a half-day off for Yoenis."

Colon's complete game saves taxed bullpen

CWS@OAK: Colon stifles White Sox with five-hitter

OAKLAND -- Bartolo Colon's shutout Friday against the White Sox worked twofold for the A's, who had returned home to O.co Coliseum after an emotional 3-1 series win against the Giants in the Bay Bridge Series.

Colon's five-hit performance gave the bullpen the night off after relievers had accounted for 11 1/3 innings in 11 appearances in the four games against the Giants.

"While we were all available, we weren't all rested," said Ryan Cook, who got the hold in Tuesday's 6-3 win over San Francisco. "It helps tremendously."

A's manager Bob Melvin said the only reliever unavailable for Friday's game was left-hander Jerry Blevins, who pitched against the Giants on Wednesday and Thursday, though the ability to rest all his taxed relievers will prove beneficial moving forward.

"To be able to not have anybody even take their jacket off, I can't remember the last time that's happened here," Melvin said. "Not just a great performance. The timing was just as good."

Adding another dimension to Colon's timing is the quick turnaround of Saturday's afternoon game after a night game, which offers less recovery time than standard back-to-back games.

"The effects of it are huge," Cook said. "In this game, you just never know what tomorrow holds. So to be able to have a game like that is one, incredibly impressive to do anyway, and then the effects that trickle down then to the bullpen weighs big."

Freiman's wife playing well on LPGA Tour

OAK@SF: Freiman drives in pair with base hit in fifth

OAKLAND -- If the A's front office is as smart as everyone says it is, Billy Beane and Co. should keep an eye out for when first baseman Nate Freiman starts having children.

Oakland's rookie first baseman tied the knot five months ago with professional golfer Amanda Blumenherst, who was tied for the lead after the first round of the ShopRite LPGA Classic in New Jersey.

Blumenherst shot a 5-under 66 Friday to take a share of the tournament lead, while Freiman will look to solidify his spot in the A's lineup when he bats fifth Saturday against the White Sox.

Blumenherst, who was scheduled to tee off Saturday around the same time the A's took batting practice, is seeking her first career LPGA Tour title.

"The time change is killing me because they're out in Oakland," said Blumenherst, who's registered six top-10 finishes in 81 professional tournaments.

While the time disparity with Freiman playing in Oakland has proved challenging -- pushing her bedtime back to 1:30 a.m. so she can watch her husband play via her computer -- Blumenherst said she's appreciative of their unique situation.

"I have to pinch myself sometimes," Blumenherst said. "He's just so excited and so happy, and he's worked so hard throughout all the Minors, and to finally have us both be at the majors of our sport and just really enjoying it and being able to support each other."