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Weeks sits; Crisp goes down again

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--2B Jemile Weeks didn't play Wednesday at Fenway Park because of slight groin tightness, according to manager Bob Melvin. Weeks said he thinks the cold weather was a contributing factor. The A's are off Thursday, and Melvin expects Weeks will play Friday at Tampa Bay. Weeks had two hits, two RBI, two runs and a stolen base Tuesday night.

--LF Coco Crisp was back in the lineup Wednesday after missing the previous night's game with a sinus infection, a decision manager Bob Melvin made because of the cold, damp weather in Boston. With 2B Jemile Weeks out because of slight groin tightness, Crisp hit leadoff. He left the game in the eighth inning, however, with more inner-ear trouble, and it's possible the team will consider a disabled-list stay. Crisp has been dealing with sinus and inner-ear issues for two weeks.

--RHP Brandon McCarthy improved to 8-0 against the AL East in his past 13 starts against teams from that division. He allowed five hits, three walks and one run in 6 2/3 innings at Boston on Wednesday, and he struck out four. In his two seasons with the A's, he is 1-12 with support of three runs or fewer, and 10-0 in 12 starts with support of four runs or more.

--1B Kila Ka'aihue stole the first base of his major league career Tuesday, and he's now 1-for-2 in his attempts. He stole third base in the second inning -- one of four steals of third by Oakland on the night, just the second time a team has done that since 1969. Montreal accomplished the feat on July 28, 1988.

--RHP Ryan Cook extended his scoreless streak to start the season to 11 appearances and 12 1/3 innings. The rookie worked 1 1/3 innings Wednesday, walked one and gave up one hit while striking out three. He has allowed two hits this season.

--LHP Brian Fuentes recorded his 200th career save Wednesday. Fuentes, working because of Grant Balfour's recent heavy workload, hadn't earned a save since June 19, 2011. He gave up a run at Boston but preserved Oakland's 4-2 victory. He's the 43rd pitcher in major league history with 200 saves and the sixth lefty.

BY THE NUMBERS
4 -- Steals of third base by Oakland on Tuesday. The A's are one of only two teams to do that since 1969; the other team was the 1988 Expos.

QUOTE TO NOTE
"It's pretty cool, but I don't think it will sink in until tomorrow. ... I'll probably have to cut the ball in half." -- RHP Jarrod Parker, who earned his first major league win Tuesday, the same night teammate Jordan Norberto earned his first big-league save.

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