A's dodge a bullet despite loss to the Blue Jays 

click to enlarge Short end: In a duel of two former Cal pitchers, the A’s Tyson Ross took lost while the Jays’ Brandon Morrow won. - EZRA SHAW/GETTY IMAGES
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  • Short end: In a duel of two former Cal pitchers, the A’s Tyson Ross took lost while the Jays’ Brandon Morrow won.

Despite a 5-2 loss at the hands of the Toronto Blue Jays on Wednesday, the A’s had every reason to feel good afterward.

The team received a big scare prior to first pitch Wednesday when rookie center fielder Yoenis Cespedes was held out of the lineup for a second day in a row because of soreness in his left hand.

But X-rays showed the injury to be a muscle strain in the back of his hand and, as a result, he will be day-to-day.

“No breaks, good news,” A’s manager Bob Melvin said.

Melvin said he expects Cespedes to swing the bat in practice either today or Friday and the team would take it from there. Cespedes said (through an interpreter) that he started feeling soreness last week while the team was in Boston, but the injury was exacerbated after a batting practice swing Monday.

“Six days before he felt the same thing, so right after that happened, he said he thought it was going to be almost the same,” interpreter Ariel Prieto said.

The A’s also received some good news on the field when fifth starter Tyson Ross (1-3) put together a solid outing after giving up 16 runs over 7¹⁄³ innings in his two previous starts.

“I was a little shaky in the first and then kind of found that rhythm and settled in a little bit,” Ross said. “It was definitely a step in the right direction.”

Ross allowed three runs over 5²⁄³ innings. The heavy punch by the Blue Jays was a two-out, two-run homer by Adam Lind that opened the scoring in the top of the fourth. Otherwise, Ross was simply outdueled by former Cal teammate Brandon Morrow (4-1), who fanned 10 A’s in six innings of work.

“He was a role model for me,” Ross said. “It was pretty cool being out there pitching at the same time.”

The A’s best chance for another come-from-behind victory came in the bottom of the seventh after Josh Reddick knocked in Anthony Recker with a bloop to right, cutting the Blue Jays’ lead to 4-2. The A’s had runners on first and second with one out, but couldn’t capitalize on the opportunity.

“It doesn’t appear like we’re going to blow anybody out multiple days in a row,” Melvin said. “So we have to be timely in our hitting.”

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