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Game 139 wrapup: Anderson closer to a start; Parker honored to join Catfish, Lefty; Moss says Crisp is the man who makes the A’s go

Brett Anderson took another step toward the Oakland starting rotation Wednesday by collecting his second career save.

Anderson threw the final three innings against the Rangers, allowing two runs while throwing 39 pitches.

The A’s have been trying to build up Anderson’s pitch count to be able to justify getting their opening day starter out of the bullpen and back into the rotation, and having him pitch three innings, which he’s done twice in his last three appearances, is one way to do it.

    The person who seems to want to fixate on this the least is Anderson himself.

“I can’t worry about whether or not I’m going to start,’’ he said. “We can settle on one run, but it will change the next day, and if you get caught up in that, you’re in trouble. So you just can’t think like that.’’

Maybe Anderson can’t, but manager Bob Melvin, who saw Anderson being the A’s top starting pitcher the final seven weeks of 2012, can.

The manager said the club will keep its options open, adding that it was good to know Anderson was an option.

 

–Jarrod Parker displaced Catfish Hunter (1973) in the Oakland record book by making his 18th consecutive start without a loss.

He needs three more starts to match the 21 consecutive starts without a loss turned in by Hall of Famer Lefty Grove in 1931.

“I respect those guys,’’ Parker said. “I appreciate being in that group.’’

Parker is 9-0 with a 2.59 ERA in his last 18 starts. The last pitcher to win 10 starts without a loss was Dan Haren, who won 10 straight from April 18-July 1, 2007.

The winning streak ties Boston’s Clay Buchholz for the second-longest of the year. The only longer streak was the 13-game spree turned in by the Tigers’ Max Scherzer, 13.

 

–Coco Crisp hit one of four homers for the A’s Wednesday, the others coming from Brandon Moss, Daric Barton and Josh Donaldson.

It’s special for Crisp in that it’s his 18th, extending an ongoing career-best season.

And it call came together after he had a cortisone shot in his injured left wrist.

“I still have to stay on top of (the injury),’’ Crisp said. “The doctors did a good job.’’

Moss said Crisp, when healthy, is just the tonic the A’s need for the stretch drive.

“I’m not surprised at what he’s doing,’’ Moss said. “He’s our leader. When he’s hot, no one carries a team like he does. There’s something about his passion for the game that gets us going.’’

Crisp, who had four RBIs Wednesday, has hit four homers in his last five games.

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.