Crisp placed on disabled list

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--OF Coco Crisp was placed on the disabled list with an inner-ear infection. Crisp's playing time had been limited for more than two weeks after flu-like symptom and then an inner-ear infection and sinus infection; he left Wednesday night's game at Boston with dizziness. He was sent back to the Bay Area to see team physician Dr. Allan Pont.

--OF Michael Taylor was called up from Triple-A Sacramento to fill the roster spot left open when OF Coco Crisp went on the DL on Friday. Taylor, Triple-A Sacramento's best hitter in April, played left and hit ninth at Tampa Bay and he went 0-for-3 with a strikeout.

--INF Jemile Weeks returned to the Oakland lineup after missing Wednesday's game with slight groin tightness. Weeks went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts, but he was robbed of a hit and likely extra bases in the third inning when Matt Joyce dove and made a spectacular catch on Weeks' liner near the line in right.

--C Kurt Suzuki was in Oakland's lineup on Friday night after being hit in the left hand by a Daniel Bard fastball on Wednesday at Boston. X-rays were negative, but Suzuki's hand was still swollen on Friday. He doubled in Oakland's first run in the second inning at Tampa Bay.

--RHP Tyson Ross allowed nine hits and seven runs, all earned, in 3 1/3 innings at Tampa Bay on Friday night. Over his past two outings, Ross has given up 20 hits and 16 runs in 7 1/3 innings. If the A's make any sort of move to replace Ross in the rotation, Brad Peacock, obtained in the Gio Gonzalez deal with Washington, is on the same turn as Ross at Triple-A Sacramento.

BY THE NUMBERS
40 -- Runs allowed by Oakland pitchers the past six games after giving up just 25 runs the previous 10 games.

QUOTE TO NOTE
"It's been hot and cold. That's not what I want. I really don't know what it is." -- A's SS Cliff Pennington, on his tendency toward being a streaky hitter in his two-plus years in the majors, in the San Francisco Chronicle. He homered on Friday at Tampa Bay.

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