Cahill surrenders record 20th homer at Coliseum

Given the lopsided lead he was working with, rookie Trevor Cahill can probably live with a home run that gave him an unwanted spot in the record books.

The A's right-hander was handed an 8-0 lead Wednesday when he took the mound in the third. Looking to make the Kansas City Royals put the ball in play, he allowed his only three runs in a five-inning stint that earned him his second straight victory in a 10-4 A's win.

"I was just trying to throw strikes," Cahill said. "With an eight-run lead, I was almost (too much) in the mode of laying it in there."

Mike Jacobs connected for a solo homer on one of those pitches. It was the 20th homer allowed at the Coliseum by Cahill, establishing an Oakland single-season record for most home runs allowed at home.

If anything, the homer spotlighted how much Cahill has improved of late. Jacob's shot was the first long ball Cahill allowed in five starts.

He's posted a 2.81 ERA over his past five outings.

He left after five innings and 84 pitches, as the A's are mindful of the innings piling up for Cahill and fellow rookie Brett Anderson.

Cahill entered the day leading major league rookies with 1531/3 innings pitched.

  • Bobby Crosby was reinstated from the disabled list, and manager Bob Geren said Crosby is likely to start at third base sometime this weekend against Seattle, with the Mariners throwing left-handers Friday and Saturday.

    Regular third baseman Adam Kennedy, who hits from the left side, hasn't recorded an extra-base hit in his past 17 games.

    Kennedy did have two hits and reached base four times Wednesday. Ryan Sweeney was 2-for-5 with two RBI and two runs, and Rajai Davis was 2-for-3 with two RBI and a run.

  • First-round pick Grant Green has been transferred to Single-A Stockton after working out with the A's Phoenix-based rookie league team. He made his pro debut Wednesday night for Single-A Stockton, going 1-for-4 with a pair of strikeouts as the Ports' designated hitter in a 2-0 loss to Bakersfield (Rangers).

  • The A's claimed right-hander John Meloan, 25, off waivers from Pittsburgh and assigned him to Triple-A Sacramento. He's posted a 4.57 ERA in 41 Triple-A appearances (two starts) in 2009 split between the Cleveland, Tampa Bay and Pittsburgh organizations.

  • Radio play-by-play man Ken Korach is holding his second annual Winning for the Community Poker Challenge on Saturday at 10 a.m. at the Warehouse Bar and Grill in Oakland. There's a $35 buy-in, with prizes going to the winners. Proceeds benefit high school baseball programs of the Oakland Athletic League. To enter, call 510-451-3161 or e-mail radio@oaklandathletics.com.

    — Joe Stiglich

    how they scored

    A's first: Kennedy walked. R.Davis doubled, Kennedy to third. R.Sweeney singled, Kennedy scored, R.Davis scored. R.Sweeney stole second. Cust singled, R.Sweeney to third. Powell struck out. M.Ellis hit a sacrifice fly, R.Sweeney scored. A's 3, Royals 0.

    A's second: Yabuta pitching. E.Patterson doubled with one out. Kennedy singled, E.Patterson to third. R.Davis hit a sacrifice fly, E.Patterson scored. R.Sweeney singled to center, Kennedy to second. Cust walked, Kennedy to third, R.Sweeney to second. Powell homered, Kennedy scored, R.Sweeney scored, Cust scored. A's 8, Royals 0.

    Royals third: J.Anderson. DeJesus doubled, J.Anderson scored. Bloomquist grounded out, DeJesus to third. Callaspo grounded out, DeJesus scored. Jacobs homered. A's 8, Royals 3.

    A's third: Chen pitching. Pennington walked. E.Patterson walked, Pennington to second. Kennedy singled, Pennington to third, E.Patterson to second. R.Davis was hit by a pitch, Pennington scored, E.Patterson to third, Kennedy to second. R.Sweeney hit into a double play, E.Patterson scored. A's 10, Royals 3.

    Royals ninth: Eveland pitching. Maier doubled with one out. Y.Betancourt flied out. J.Anderson singled, Maier scored. A's 10, Royals 4.