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Game 36 wrapup: A’s don’t blame Thursday loss on botched homer call; Anderson to start for Midland

The one thing A’s watchers can take out of this week’s series sweep at the hands of the Indians is that Oakland players didn’t blame Thursday’s loss on Wednesday’s botched homer call by umpire Angel Hernandez.

The one, the A’s said, had nothing to do with the other.

And win or lose, that’s how it should be. The baseball season is too long and to unrelenting with games virtually every day to spent too much mental work on one bad result.

    “We came out today and didn’t play good,’’ first baseman Brandon Moss said. “The Indians hit the ball and we weren’t swinging good. They played better.

“What happened today didn’t have anything to do with what happened last night.’’

Third baseman Josh Donaldson, a cleanup hitter for the first time in his career, said he would never expect any carryover from one game to the next with this team.

He said the one thing that the 2012 run to the American League West title taught the A’s is to leave yesterday behind.

“This team is too resilient for that,’’ Donaldson said. “They took it to us today. We tried to rally late (loading the bases in the eighth inning with none out) but we just came up short. It happens.’’

 

–Brett Anderson was heading to the same airport as his teammates after the game, but he was heading in a different direction. They were going to Seattle for this weekend’s series with the Mariners. He was heading south.

Anderson, on the disabled list with a sprained right ankle, was flying to San Antonio to join up with the A’s Double-A Midland team. He will get a start for Midland on Sunday, and assuming there is no setback, then five days later he’ll start for the A’s in a series opener in Oakland against Kansas City.

“It’s good to be getting ready to get back on the mound again,’’ Anderson said. “Hopefully it will go well and I can get right back here.’’

Anderson already was dealing with the ankle sprain when he pitched 5.1 innings when the A’s were short of pitching in a 19-inning win over the Angels on April 29. That game convinced both the pitcher and the team that he needed to rest the ankle. He’s gotten that rest, and now he’s anxious to move forward.

 

–The four-game sweep at the hands of the Indians is the first time the A’s have been swept in a four-game set since last July 7-10, just before the All-Star break last year, when Texas did it.

 

–Center fielder Coco Crisp (left hamstring) reportedly is feeling better and has started taking swings off a batting tee. Melvin said Crisp could start running in the near future.

Even so, fellow outfielder Chris Young (left quad) is expected to be ready to play before Crisp is.

Young and Crisp both are eligible to come off the DL on May 16, the same as Anderson, all three having been disabled as a result of playing in the A’s 19-inning win over the Angels on April 29. It’s not clear that either Young or Crisp will be able return at the end of the 15-day disabled list stint, however.

John Hickey

Returning to the Oakland A's beat after a dozen years covering the Seattle Mariners. Covered the A's through the late 1980s and 1990s.