BALTIMORE -- Leg problems forced A's outfielders Coco Crisp and Conor Jackson out of the starting lineup for Thursday's series finale with the Orioles.
Manager Bob Geren said that Jackson's hamstring has been bothering him for the last several days, so he held him out of Thursday's starting lineup.
"He's day-to-day, [it's] something he's been dealing with for a while, a week or so," Geren said.
Crisp's situation also is a day-to-day one. Geren said that Crisp's legs are "a little spent," and that he needs a day off.
Geren said it's not the result of last night's big crash into the wall at Oriole Park at Camden Yards, but from a bunch of things. The manager expects Crisp back for Friday's series opener in Cleveland
A's appealing ruling on fielder's choice
BALTIMORE -- Mark Ellis was originally ruled to have stolen home when he scored in the fourth inning of Wednesday's eventual 9-6 loss to the Orioles. However, the official scorer later ruled it as a fielder's choice. Now, the A's would like it changed back.
Oakland is appealing to the American League office on the official scorer's ruling, asking for a review, because the A's feel Ellis should be awarded a steal of home. Team spokesman Bob Rose said he was filing an appeal by the start of Thursday's game, and the A's hoped to receive an answer in the next few days.
The bizarre play happened with Gabe Gross on first and Ellis on third and one out. Gross took off for second on Kevin Millwood's 3-2 pitch to Cliff Pennington, who checked his swing. Baltimore catcher Matt Wieters threw to second, thinking it was called a strike, which it wasn't.
Ellis moved down the line from third, taking off as Wieters threw to second. Official scorer Mark Jacobson first ruled it a steal of home -- and a double steal overall -- but he later changed the call in the top of the sixth. Jacobson said that because Wieters threw to second base on ball four that the play had to be called a fielder's choice, as Ellis didn't try to advance home until after the unnecessary throw.
"It still seems a bit of a gray area," Rose said. "I just don't think any of the explanations that have been given satisfy our stance, that your initial reaction when you see that play is it's a stolen base. And I think our instincts are right."
Rose said Jacobson called the Elias Sports Bureau, and it felt strongly that a fielder's choice was the correct ruling and not a stolen base. But the A's want the league to look at the play again.
"This one, to me, seems like we need to go beyond just taking someone's word," Rose said. "It doesn't seem to make sense to us."
Ellis said, quite frankly, that he doesn't really care if it's changed it or not. But in his mind, there's no doubt that it should be ruled a stolen base.
"You want the guys to get the scoring right," he said. "Just common sense, it's a stolen base."
If the ruling is changed, it would give the A's their first steal of home since June 22, 2008, when Carlos Gonzalez did it against the Marlins.
Barton leaves game with leg injuries
BALTIMORE -- Oakland first baseman Daric Barton left Thursday's 8-1 win over the Orioles in the fifth inning with contusions to his left shin and right knee.
Adam Rosales was inserted as a pinch-runner, after Barton singled to right to start the fifth. Rosales later scored a run and replaced Barton in the field at first base.
Barton suffered the injuries when attempting to break up a double play in the third inning. He finished the game 1-for-2 with a walk.
"He broke up a double play, or tried to, and got banged up on both legs," said Oakland manager Bob Geren. "He was pretty bruised up to the point where he felt like he couldn't really run, and he wouldn't be able to move much on defense."
Geren said he didn't think the injuries were "too painful" and it probably wasn't a bad situation. The first baseman has played in all 80 of Oakland's games so far.
Braden has positive session on Thursday
BALTIMORE -- Dallas Braden had a good throwing session before Thursday's game, and the A's are still hoping the left-hander will start Saturday in Cleveland.
"The plan's for him to pitch Saturday," said Oakland manager Bob Geren.
Braden was a late scratch before Tuesday's game with the Orioles because of tightness in his elbow. But he threw 25-35 pitches Thursday and said he feels much better.
The left-hander said that he's very interested to see how he feels on Friday; specifically how his elbow feels after this session.
"I think if there were any question about what I was able to do today during throwing or the side session that they would have put a halt to it early," Braden said. "But tomorrow's going to tell the story."
Geren said that Braden looked fine in the session. Braden threw a perfect game against the Rays on May 9 but has an 0-5 record in eight starts since then.
Jeff Seidel is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.