There's no place like home

There's no place like home

OAKLAND -- Having been on the road for all but four days since Aug. 17, the A's got reacquainted with the home clubhouse at McAfee Coliseum on Thursday, and the mood was understandably light.

Light, however, was something rookies Daric Barton and Ryan Sweeney did not have Wednesday night when they got back to the pad they share in Walnut Creek, Calif., after a three-city, 10-day road trip.

"We got home and our electricity was out," Barton said with a laugh before the opener of a four-game series against the visiting Rangers. "They said we didn't pay the bill, so I had to go yell at our landlord."

By Thursday, the power had been restored. Also restored was the players' sense of routine, for which outfielder Rajai Davis was most thankful.

"It's always nice to be home," he said. "Everything's more familiar. You sleep in your own bed, and you get your proper rest. That's important."

"It feels great," Barton echoed. "Everything's back to normal."

That the A's came home on a bit of a roll made it even better. They won four of their past five games on the road trip to finish 4-4.

"And the game we lost [out of the past five], we scored eight runs, so that was good, too," reliever Huston Street said. "The last couple of weeks we've played good Oakland A's baseball."

Street, too, was pleased to be home, and not only because he hadn't seen his wife, Lacey, in some time. Upon arriving from Detroit on Thursday, Street got to meet what he called "the newest member of the family."

"We got a new puppy while I was gone," he said, proudly pulling his cell phone out of his locker to show off pictures of Mia, an 8-week-old French bulldog. "We have a year-old French bulldog named Major, too, so now he has a little sister."

Mychael Urban is a national writer for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.