ANAHEIM -- Though Bob Melvin had hoped to retain Brandon Allen, the A's manager was happy to see the first baseman find another opportunity with the Rays.

Allen, who was designated for assignment by the A's on April 9 upon Daric Barton's reinstatement from the disabled list, was claimed off waivers by Tampa Bay on Thursday.

"I went back and forth with him a bit the past week," Melvin said. "I'm happy for him, and that's really the way I should look at it. He's such a great person. You wish the best for people like that, not only good people, but guys that work so hard and are great teammates. Really, he's a talented guy. He just needs a chance to settle in somewhere and work through some struggles."

Allen served as the A's Opening Day starter at first base, but went hitless in seven at-bats over three games following a busy spring campaign that saw him hit .314 with two home runs and 14 RBIs in 14 contests. The 26-year-old was acquired by the A's from Arizona at the Trade Deadline last year and, according to Melvin, "seemed happy" about his new home.

The Rays, it seems, are more than happy to have him.

"I heard he's a great guy," Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon said. "I heard he's an 80 makeup guy, which is the highest grade you can give an athlete."

Crisp misses second straight game with flu

ANAHEIM -- Still recovering from the flu, Coco Crisp was missing from action for a second straight day Thursday, as manager Bob Melvin fielded his 11th different lineup of the season.

"Coco's still struggling," Melvin said. "He's definitely got it the worst. I guess there are different degrees of it, but I guess Coco's the one who hasn't gotten any better."

Catcher Kurt Suzuki, who was also touched by the contagious bug, remained in the lineup for the finale against the Angels, while Josh Reddick resumed right-field duties one day after transferring to the designated hitter spot as a result of being slightly under the weather.

"It's like kindergarten," joked Melvin, who has been carrying around a bottle of Purell sanitizer in his back pocket. "Wash your hands, do the best you can."

With Crisp still sidelined, Jonny Gomes received his second straight start in left field. The A's veteran hit his third homer of the season -- which have accounted for all of his hits -- on Wednesday.

The A's 12 long balls in their first 13 games are the most since 2006, when they hit 17.

Worth noting

• The A's pitching staff tossed its third shutout of the season Wednesday, which is tied with the Giants for the Major League lead.

Oakland's offense has also been shut out three times, most in the Majors. There have been 13 shutouts in the American League this year, and the A's have been involved in six of them.