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A’s day off comes at a good time and in a good place

Coco Crisp gets to celebrate a family birthday on the off-day Thursday.

Coco Crisp gets to celebrate a family birthday on the off-day Thursday.

There are few things the A’s like more than playing in Anaheim, then having a day off before playing again in Oakland.

Many of the A’s have homes or family in Southern California, and they use the off-day to visit family and friends, something that’s hard to do in the course of the season.

The timing this week is great for Coco Crisp. The center fielder will stay in Southern California and will celebrate a family birthday Thursday.

Things were not quite as convenient for infielder Alberto Callaspo, whose wife is about to give birth … in Florida.

With Wednesday’s finale being a night game, he couldn’t get airborne until Thursday, but he’s heading home for some paternity leave.

He’s down to miss the A’s three-game set with the Yankees this weekend in the Coliseum, but if he needs more time, he will get it.

The roster, minus Callaspo, is set to gather again on Friday afternoon. The A’s will bring in a paternity leave replacement for Callaspo, probably infielder Andy Parrino,

Parrino, who hit .118 in 14 games for the A’s last year, is averaging .339 with a .401 on-base percentage for Triple-A Sacramento this time around.

Overall, the A’s could use a bit of a break. Oakland’s last six series have been against teams that were in either first or second place when the series started. The Yankees, who were in second place when Oakland made it to Yankee Stadium at the beginning of this road trip, fell to third but are back tied for second entering Thursday.

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.