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While you were sleeping: A’s look back at 19-inning wackiness

It’s Dan Brown (@mercbrownie) with a guest post for John Hickey:

Delighted as Brandon Moss was by his 19th-inning walk-off homer in the wee hours Tuesday morning, he was no better than the sixth happiest creature from his own household.

Moss’ entire family – wife, sister, two kids and miniature pinscher named Luger – had been waiting in the car for more than 4 hours waiting … and waiting … for the dang game to end.

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PREGAME NOTES: A’s lineup, plus injury upates on Crisp, Young and Lowrie

Hey, everyone. It’s Dan Brown (@mercbrownie) filling in for John Hickey.

First, a quick injury roundup because the A’s 19-inning victory on Monday night took its toll.

Outfielders Coco Crisp (hamstring) and Chris Young (quadriceps) are out of the lineup against the Angels tonight and could be out a few days. Manager Bob Melvin said the A’s are in wait-and-see mode on both players with the hope that they can avoid the disabled list.

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Game 27 wrapup: Straily’s long, strange night of watching TV; Blevins happy to make contact

Dan Straily stood up, looked at the questioner and asked, “did I pitch in this game?’’

That’s the kind of night it was for the A’s. Straily, called up from Triple-A because Brett Anderson’s sprained right ankle was keeping him from pitching, started and went the first 4.2 innings of a 19-inning game that lasted a club-record six hours, 32 minutes.

“I feel like I watched the entire game on TV,’’ Straily said. “It was a great one to watch.’’

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Game 26 wrapup: Blevins gives A’s shutdown they need; Donaldson continues to crush

If there was an unsung hero in the A’s bringing a streak of eight losses in nine games to a close Sunday, his name would be Jerry Blevins.

All he did was get three outs. What’s the big deal you say?

Well, he got the win, so that counts for something.

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Cespedes back; will he bring A’s offense with him?

How important can one player be on a 25-man roster?

The A’s may be about to find out. If past experience is any guide, the return of Yoenis Cespedes Sunday could be a sign that happy days may once more be here again.

Oakland went 9-2 out of the starting blocks with Cespedes in the lineup before he injured his left wrist. They have not been the same team since.

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Game 24 wrapup: Lowrie could be looking shuttling between shortstop and second base

Jed Lowrie was confronted with something odd Friday.

He came to the Coliseum and saw his name in the lineup, as usual.

He was listed as the second baseman, which was anything but usual. He was a semi-regular second baseman with the Red Sox back in 2010, but he’d only played one game there since, that in 2011.

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