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• Outfielder Seth Smith, stationed on the disabled list since Aug. 3 with a strained left hamstring, is slated to start for Triple-A Sacramento on Monday night. If all goes well, the A's could see him sooner than later.

"There's always a chance, if he feels good, he could be back here tomorrow," Melvin said. "We're going to try to get him back as soon as he feels comfortable."

• Donning Petaluma National gear in the A's clubhouse on Monday afternoon, outfielder Jonny Gomes watched his hometown team walk off against New Jersey to advance in the Little League World Series, leading teammate Brandon Inge to deliver a pie to a thrilled Gomes' face.

"That was pretty cool," Gomes said. "Probably the first ever pregame pie in the history of the game."

The A's have witnessed plenty of the postgame type, having tallied 13 walk-off wins this season.

"I don't know if we're watching them or they're watching us, but it's pretty similar," Gomes said. "It must be in the water up here."

• Outfielder Seth Smith, stationed on the disabled list since Aug. 3 with a strained left hamstring, is slated to start for Triple-A Sacramento on Monday night. If all goes well, the A's could see him sooner than later.

"There's always a chance, if he feels good, he could be back here tomorrow," Melvin said. "We're going to try to get him back as soon as he feels comfortable."

• Donning Petaluma National gear in the A's clubhouse on Monday afternoon, outfielder Jonny Gomes watched his hometown team walk off against New Jersey to advance in the Little League World Series, leading teammate Brandon Inge to deliver a pie to a thrilled Gomes' face.

"That was pretty cool," Gomes said. "Probably the first ever pregame pie in the history of the game."

The A's have witnessed plenty of the postgame type, having tallied 13 walk-off wins this season.

"I don't know if we're watching them or they're watching us, but it's pretty similar," Gomes said. "It must be in the water up here."