--RHP Andrew Bailey did not head straight for a rehab assignment, as had been expected. Instead, the A's closer, out all year with a right forearm strain, went back to extended spring training at Arizona for another outing there. He'll pitch in a game Tuesday, and then be re-evaluated again for a possible rehab assignment.
--DH Hideki Matsui was back in the lineup after sitting four of the previous six games. Matsui went 1-for-5 with a strikeout, and his average stands at .234.
--LHP Dallas Braden had been scheduled for left shoulder surgery in New York on Monday, but his flight Sunday was canceled, and he flew on Monday instead. He is expected to have the torn capsule in his shoulder repaired Tuesday.
--LHP Gio Gonzalez will make his first start Tuesday since one of the more lucky turns of events for an A's pitcher this year -- he allowed six hits, five walks and seven runs in 2 2/3 innings at Texas last week, only to have the game canceled by rain. With those numbers erased, Gonzalez still has some impressive numbers with runners in scoring position -- opponents are batting .133 with men in scoring position, and they're 0-for-15 with men in scoring position and two outs.
--RHP Grant Balfour extended his string of scoreless outings to 12 in a row by pitching the 10th inning at the Coliseum on Monday; he gave up a hit and struck out three, and he also earned the win in relief. He has 16 strikeouts over his past 12 2/3 innings.
BY THE NUMBERS
10 -- Errors by Oakland pitchers, tops in the majors, including four by RHP Brandon McCarthy.
QUOTE TO NOTE
"Does he look real ferocious and intimidating? No. But does he look consistent every pitch? ... That consistency over a long haul, that's what you want. There's some people who pitch with a lot of emotion on their sleeve, and it works for them. But having that consistent (calm) approach, it's a lot like his pitches. They're consistent." -- Manager Bob Geren, on RHP Trevor Cahill, in the San Francisco Chronicle.
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