Right-handed reliever Mike Adams (5-3, 3.27 ERA) joined the Rangers in Oakland on Tuesday, but his playoff status -- following pain and stiffness in his neck and shoulder -- remains in doubt. After he was examined in Texas on Monday, Adams was diagnosed with thoracic outlet syndrome, which causes numbness and tingling, and he received an injection Monday. "It's really a matter of how he's feeling and his tolerance," general manager Jon Daniels said. "It's really day to day and step by step. He'll play catch, long toss and then get on a mound." A's: Neshek family expecting first child
Oakland reliever Pat Neshek will miss Wednesday's game, as he and his wife are expecting their first child. "Hopefully they're inducing today and tomorrow and everything goes well with him," manager Bob Melvin said before Tuesday's game. "We wish him the best. It's his first child, and we're excited for him." Neshek, who was acquired from the Orioles on Aug. 3, is 2-1 with a 1.37 ERA for the A's. He'll be available for the club's postseason roster. Worth noting
This is the first season since 2002 that the AL West has sent two teams to the playoffs. In 12 at-bats against Dempster, A's shortstop Stephen Drew has five hits, five RBIs and a home run. Oakland has slugged a Major League-leading 111 home runs since the All-Star break. In 75 career games, Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton is hitting .312 against Oakland with 14 homers and 55 RBIs -- tied for the most RBIs for Hamilton against any club.