--OF Coco Crisp was not in the starting lineup because of tightness in his lower back, which caused him to come out of Tuesday night's game in the 10th inning. Crisp, who was batting .136 over his past five games, pinch ran in the ninth and scored the tying run, and the following inning, he drove in the go-ahead run.
--DH Hideki Matsui hit his second home run of the season, a one-out shot to right center off John Danks in the fourth inning Wednesday for the first run of the game. Matsui recorded a season-high three hits the night before.
--SS Cliff Pennington returned to Oakland's lineup after having an infected sweat gland under his left arm drained. Pennington entered the game batting .160, and he provided a two-run single with two out in the ninth on Wednesday to tie the game in Chicago.
--RHP Rich Harden did not throw the last two days after being shut down on Monday when he felt discomfort in the lat muscle under his right arm. The problem has sidelined Harden since Feb. 15. He will be seen again by team doctors on Thursday.
--LHP Brett Anderson allowed nine hits and three runs, two earned (thanks to his own error in the fifth) and he walked one and struck out three. Anderson has not allowed more than two earned runs in his three starts this season, but he is 0-2.
BY THE NUMBERS
10.33 -- LHP Gio Gonzalez's career ERA against Detroit, the team he faces on Thursday night. Gonzalez has not faced the Tigers since Aug. 21, 2009, however.
QUOTE TO NOTE
"It's awesome. Knowing that Trevor and Kurt Suzuki and I are locked in for several years is great. That's a good core to build on." -- A's LPH starter Brett Anderson, on rotation-mate Trevor Cahill's five-year contract extension.
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