Just a couple tidbits before I catch a plane out of Anaheim …
–Despite failing to get the three-game sweep, the A’s are 5-0-4 in their last nine series. That’s their longest stretch without losing a series since July 27-Sept. 3, 2006.
–They need to win out in their final six games to finish at .500 and avoid their third losing season in a row. They haven’t had three straight losing seasons since they endured six straight from 1993-98.
–Today was hazing day for the rookies, who had to dress up in costumes to wear to the airport for the flight to Seattle. Among the highlights: Starting pitchers Brett Anderson, Trevor Cahill, Gio Gonzalez and Clayton Mortensen all dressed up as Tele Tubbies (all you parents, pardon the punctuation and spelling if it’s wrong!). And closer Andrew Bailey, who was forced to wear a costume that resembled a part of the male anatomy that isn’t suitable for Chin Music (Bailey was supposed to change into a different costume before leaving the stadium).