08/19/12 5:00 PM ET
Injured Smith, Sogard making strides
By Rick Eymer / Special to MLB.com
Gomes backs hometown in LLWS
OAKLAND -- Jonny Gomes had his uniform on, his hat on backward and a bat in his hand. He was ready to go for Sunday's game between the West and Southeast at the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pa.The West is represented by Petaluma, a city about 40 miles north of Oakland and the Southeast is represented by a team from Goodlettsville, Tenn. Gomes, who grew up in Petaluma, wore a specially designed muscle shirt with "West" written across the front and "Petaluma" on his back. He was also wearing a Petaluma hat too. "Just from watching them, you can tell they really do play the game well," Gomes said moments before first pitch. "I'd tell them to keep playing the same six innings they have been playing." The game was shown on the big-screen television that fills most of one wall in the A's clubhouse. At least seven other players were scattered around in chairs and on the sofa. Gomes found it hard to sit through a messy first inning and screamed encouragement several times. "He would walk into the screen if he could," A's administrator Bob Rose observed. Tennessee won, 9-6, thanks to a four-run sixth inning, but Petaluma is still alive in the double-elimination tournament.
Griffin nearing rehab stint in Minors
OAKLAND -- A's rookie A.J. Griffin threw his second bullpen session Sunday and could be heading out on a rehab assignment in a few days."If he came out of it OK we'll get him out on a rehab in five days or so," A's manager Bob Melvin said. Griffin came out of the game early on Aug. 4 against the Blue Jays with right shoulder tightness. He's eligible to come off the disabled list. Melvin said the team will also have to make a decision on left-hander Brett Anderson, whose rehab assignment comes to an end Monday. "We haven't completely figured out that situation," Melvin said. "We'll have to make a decision today."
Streak celebration week raises $20K for charity
OAKLAND -- The Oakland Athletics raised $20,000 for charity as part of their 10th anniversary celebration of the club's 20-game winning streak in 2002.The A's presented the Cory Lidle Foundation with a check for $10,000 and also presented a $10,000 check to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
Rick Eymer is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.