DETROIT -- As the A's focus remains on securing an American League Division Series victory over the Tigers, they're also continuing to keep an eye on a pitcher who could potentially help them in the next round, should they advance.
Right-hander A.J. Griffin, who would've likely started Wednesday's Game 4 over Dan Straily if he wasn't dealing with elbow tendinitis, was expected to play catch for a second time on Monday.
Griffin would have to progress ahead of schedule, it seems, to be a potential factor in the American League Championship Series, to be played against the winner of the Boston-Tampa ALDS.
"He would have to throw at least one full bullpen, and whether or not we try to get him some hitters after that I don't know," Melvin said. "But he would have to be comfortable and throw a pretty strenuous bullpen where he's using all his pitches to see how his arm responds the next day."
Despite dealing with elbow discomfort toward the end of the season, Griffin went 4-1 with a 3.75 ERA over his last six outings. He allowed two runs on seven hits in five innings against the Tigers as a rookie in last year's ALDS in his lone career postseason appearance.
Cespedes extends playoff hit streak to eight
DETROIT -- Yoenis Cespedes continues to make A's postseason history.
With his fifth-inning single off Detroit's Anibal Sanchez on Monday in Oakland's 6-3 win at Comerica Park, the Cuban-born outfielder has hit safely in each of his first eight playoff games, dating back to last year's Division Series -- also against Detroit.
"Maybe it's because it's in my blood," said Cespedes, who holds the all-time A's record for a postseason hitting streak to start a career and longest hitting streak in Division Series play in the history of the franchise. "In Cuba, I was always fortunate to do well in big games."
Cespedes, who has lingering pain in his right shoulder, is hitting .385 (5-for-13) in the series, with a home run, a triple, three runs scored and two RBIs.
"I feel good," he said. "Physically I'm still not 100 percent, but mentally I'm 100 percent, which is the main thing for me."
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