• Josh Reddick (wrist) was scheduled to play in his fourth Minor League rehab game Thursday. Barring any setbacks, Oakland's right fielder is expected to be activated in time for Friday's series opener against the White Sox at home.
• With heavy traffic making for a tough commute to and from San Francisco, Melvin said Thursday morning that "this is literally the Bay Bridge Series."
"I was on the bridge for an hour last night and an hour this morning," said Melvin, who lives in Berkeley.
• Wednesday's 9-6 win over the Giants marked the A's 54th game of the season, which is the one-third mark of the schedule. They have 116 doubles and are on pace for 348, which would break the Oakland record of 336 set in 2004.
Moreover, the pitching staff has 395 strikeouts, putting it on pace for 1,185. The Oakland record is 1,160, set in 2011.