Notes: A's keep battling despite troubles

Notes: A's keep battling despite troubles

OAKLAND -- The Oakland A's entered Friday night's game with the Texas Rangers with a record of 72-76, 15 games out in the American West and 12 games out in the Wild Card race.

In the third inning of that game, the A's found themselves down 6-0 and a lot of teams in that situation could have just called it a ballgame.

But the A's didn't.

Instead they battled back to take a 9-6 lead, and then battled back again to take an 11-9 win.

Nick Swisher, who hit a tie-breaking home run to give the A's a 10-9 lead still has the heart and the emotion, even in the given scenario, and feels his teammates do as well.

"I do, there's no doubt about it," Swisher said of still playing with heart. "You can see the emotion is still there and that's nice to see."

Even the A's manager, Bob Geren, still sees the A's are playing hard and he says he hasn't seen anything but that this entire year.

"I've seen it all season," Geren said. "There's been no letdown whatsoever."

It's been well-chronicled that the A's have had an injury-plagued season, using the disabled list 22 times. They have used 53 different players, which is the most in the Major Leagues, and just three short of the all-time A's record. In 1915, the Philadelphia A's used 56 players.

If you take out a bad month of July when they went 9-18, the A's have played pretty good baseball at a 64-58 clip.

Meyer looking for consistency: After giving up six runs in 2 2/3 innings on Friday night, A's rookie lefty Dan Meyer knows he needs to get better at hitting his spots.

"I wasn't too nervous out there, I felt like my pitches were pretty good," Meyer said after his start. "I just need to be more consistent."

It was Meyer's second start and he has lasted just 6 2/3 innings and given up nine earned runs in those starts. In two relief appearances he has given up just one run in 4 1/3 innings.

In light of that, Geren said that Meyer would make his next start, which will likely be the last start he makes.

"It's good to hear," Meyer said. "I'm gonna work hard every day that I'm here."

After this weekend's series, both Meyer and Lenny DiNardo will make just one more start because Rich Harden is scheduled to come back and make a couple of starts.

Harden is scheduled to throw a side session on Sunday, then a simulated game on Tuesday. If all goes well, he is scheduled to start on Sept. 23 in Cleveland then on the 29th at home against the Angels.

Blevins joins team: Jerry Blevins, who the A's acquired when they traded Jason Kendall to the Cubs in July, joined the team before Saturday's game.

Blevins closed out Friday night's game in Sacramento when the Rivercats beat New Orleans, 4-3, to win the Pacific Coast League championship.

Blevins went 5-5 throughout the Minor League this year with a 1.63 ERA as he struck out 102 batters in 77 1/3 innings and had just a .200 opponents batting average.

"The reports are incredible," Geren said. "He's unavailable tonight, but we'll get him in a game and see how he does."

Up next: A's lefty Lenny DiNardo (8-9, 3.87 ERA) will be starting opposite Rangers righty Vicente Padilla (6-9, 5.70) in the series opener. Game time will be at 1:05 p.m. PT.

Matt Smith is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.