7/12/2014 2:10 A.M. ET
Punto, Melvin ejected after arguing final out
By Adam Lewis / MLB.com
SEATTLE -- Like most closers, Mariners right-hander Fernando Rodney is a bit quirky.
So when he struck out Athletics second baseman Nick Punto on a borderline 3-2 pitch to end Friday night' game, his response was fitting, if not totally accurate.
"All my pitches are strikes," Rodney said after the Mariners took the series opener, 3-2.
After getting called out, Punto slammed his helmet to the ground, began arguing and was ejected by home plate umpire James Hoye. Oakland manager Bob Melvin was ejected by Hoye shortly after.
"Just look at it," Melvin said of the last strike. "Tough way to end a game."
As the beneficiary of the call, mariners catcher Mike Zunino was more diplomatic.
"I thought it was in the upper, inner quadrant," Zunino said. "He threw a good two-seam right there. We were trying to go in there and he made a good pitch."
Callaspo exits game with hamstring strain
SEATTLE -- Alberto Callaspo strained his right hamstring trying to beat out a ground ball in the second inning of the Athletics' series opener against the Mariners at Safeco Field.
Callaspo said the injury wasn't bad, but it will likely keep him out of the lineup leading up the All-Star break.
"[It might take] like a week to get ready," he said. "I'll be back soon."
With Oakland leading 2-0, Callaspo led off the second by hitting a chopper to Mariners shortstop Brad Miller, who fielded and made an off-balance throw to nab Callaspo at first.
While running down the line, Callaspo grabbed his hamstring. He followed by walking slowly back to the dugout. The next half-inning, he was replaced at first base by Nate Freiman.
Reliever Francis traded to Yankees
SEATTLE -- The Athletics traded left-handed pitcher Jeff Francis to the Yankees on Friday. Last week, Francis was designated for assignment when Oakland brought reliever Eric O'Flaherty off the 60-day disabled list.
In the deal, the A's will send Francis, 33, and cash considerations to New York in exchange for a player to be named.
Francis made nine appearances with Oakland, going 0-1 with a 6.08 ERA and one save in 13 1/3 innings after the club selected him off waivers from the Reds on May 18.
"We were always trying to have that depth," said manager Bob Melvin. "New York's had some injuries and it makes sense and we wish him the best."
In 10 appearances with the A's and Cincinnati this season, Francis is 0-2 with a 5.89 ERA.
Crisp out of lineup with sore neck
SEATTLE -- Banged up center fielder Coco Crisp was out of the lineup Friday because of neck pain after he missed Thursday's game with a sore ankle.
"He's struggling a little bit with the neck again. We'll see how he responds here. It's literally a day-to-day proposition with him right now," Oakland manager Bob Melvin said. "It popped up yesterday and then it's still bothering him again today some. A little better today though."
With the All-Star break looming, will Crisp sit out the weekend?
"We'll see," Melvin said. "He's been such a great in-game option for us at times when he hasn't started. He's been able to come in and impact the game whether it's with his legs, bat. He's an igniter for us. We'll sees how it goes. If that's something I need to do I will, but I'm not saying that's something we're necessarily looking at."
Crisp, 34, entered Friday with a .291/.387/.449 slash line, seven home runs and 31 RBIs. Melvin didn't rule out the possibility of Crisp coming off the bench Friday.
"I think it depends on how he comes some through treatment," he said.
Catcher/designated hitter John Jaso, who began Friday hitting .274 with a .354 on-base percentage, was in the leadoff spot for the second day in a row.
"He takes some pitches, he gets on base, he's pretty unique in what he does," Melvin said. "Whenever Coco's not in there leading off against right-handed pitching, he's always the next guy that I lean on. He's done a great job for us.
"He knows how to play that role whether he is catching or DH'ing," Melvin added. "He's really been a nice fit for us here after the past couple years."
• A's utility man Stephen Vogt is hitting .457 (16-for-35) during his career-high, 10-game hitting streak. In 2014, he's played catcher, right field, left field and first base and hit .400 against right-handed pitching.
"We believe in Stephen Vogt? I think that's what the fans are saying out there in right field. I believe in Stephen Vogt? Well we believe in Stephen Vogt," manager Bob Melvin said. "He's been terrific for us. He's a battler. He fits in very well with the makeup of the team… he's been really instrumental in the success the team's been having here recently."
Adam Lewis is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.