Coco Crisp singled in Ryon Healy in the bottom of the 13th for the only run as the A's beat the Rays 1-0 on Friday.
It was Crisp's only hit of the night, but it came at a good time. He should be starting to lose playing time with the A's needing to go younger down the stretch, but Bob Melvin just can't give him up. He's batting .196/.268/.235 in 51 at-bats this month. He's led off 12 times for the A's in July and scored just twice.
Steven Souza went 0-for-5 and struck out twice in a loss to the A's on Friday.
Souza is hitting .193 with a 19/2 K/BB ratio in 57 at-bats since coming off the disabled list on July 2. He also hit .233 with a 36/7 K/BB ratio and just five extra-base hits in his last 24 games before going on the disabled list. A demotion to Triple-A needs to be considered at some point. One thing is for sure: the Rays would like to have Wil Myers back right about now.
Matt Adams hit a homer in the bottom of the 16th to give the Cardinals a 4-3 win over the Dodgers on Friday.
The Cardinals' three, four and five hitters had been 0-for-19 on the night before Adams yanked a Bud Norris pitch out to right to end the game. The Cardinals as a whole were outhit 14 to eight in this one. It was the 11th homer for Adams this season. He's likely to resume losing some playing time next week after Brandon Moss comes off the DL.
Tyler Lyons pitched 4 2/3 scoreless innings out of the pen Friday against the Dodgers.
Lyons appeared likely to start for the Cardinals on Sunday, but that should be off the table after 53 pitches tonight. They'll probably call up a minor leaguer.
Two days after starting, Bud Norris took a loss in relief after giving up a homer in the 16th inning Friday against the Cardinals.
Norris pitched a scoreless 15th, but he gave up the homer with one out in the 16th. It's unclear if he'll make his next start as scheduled on Tuesday, though he should have sufficient time to recover.
Julio Teheran was diagnosed with a mild lat strain which caused him to leave Friday's start against the Rockies prematurely.
The right-hander thinks that the issue is minor and that he'll be able to avoid a trip to the disabled list, though a lot will depend on how he responds in the next couple of days.
Corey Seager went 4-for-7 and knocked in a run against the Cardinals on Friday.
Seager didn't hit for the kind of average we were hoping for early on, but he's all of the way up to .307 for the season now. He's batting .331 with 15 homers in his last 66 games.
Yasiel Puig popped out as a pinch-hitter in the 13th inning Friday against the Cardinals.
Puig didn't start because of a minor right hamstring injury, and he remains day-to-day.