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Thompson claimed on waivers

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--RHP Rich Thompson was claimed on waivers from the Angels. Thompson reported to the Coliseum on Friday night, giving the A's a two-Australian bullpen -- closer Grant Balfour also is from Australia. Thompson, 27, had a 15.43 ERA in two appearances with the Angels.

--OF Coco Crisp missed his third consecutive game with a severe case of the flu. Manager Bob Melvin said he hopes the team will get Crisp back into the lineup sometime this weekend.

--RHP Neil Wagner was optioned back out to Triple-A Sacramento on Friday in order to make room for RHP Rich Thompson, claimed on waivers earlier in the day. Wagner was called up Tuesday but did not appear in a game.

--OF Yoenis Cespedes had his first three-hit game for Oakland, and he drove in two runs. Cespedes is learning English from 2B Jemile Weeks, and he is coming along quickly, adding several words and phrases every day. Cespedes spoke no English when he arrived in the U.S. in March.

--RHP Jordan Norberto is beginning to take on a more high-profile role with the A's bullpen, and likely will appear in the sixth inning when needed or will pitch in close games when the A's are trailing. Norberto got out of a two-on, nobody-out situation Fautino De Los Santos created on Thursday at Anaheim, and he was back at work on Friday in the ninth inning of a one-run game.

BY THE NUMBERS
4 -- Homers in his first 12 games by OF Yoenis Cespedes, the fastest an Oakland player ever has hit four homers to start his career. Brian Lesher did it in 14 games in 1996.

QUOTE TO NOTE
"That's something we have to do to create runs. We haven't really had 25 to 30 homer guys the past few years, so we have to create runs in other ways. We have to play more of a hustle-man's game. And that's my game." -- 2B Jemile Weeks, on the A's 11 stolen bases in 14 games.

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