OAKLAND -- With Wednesday's 5-2, 10-inning A's loss to Toronto in the books, the trade deadline has come and gone, and the Oakland roster is basically intact.

More than that, the A's have a very strong belief that they won't lose starter Bartolo Colon this year the way they did last year when he received a 50-game suspension over involvement with performance-enhancing drugs.

Major League Baseball is due to announce the next round of PED disciplines in the next day or two, and sources suggest that Colon, having been dinged once, won't be involved this time around.

"That's big. Bartolo is a very big presence for us," third baseman Josh Donaldson said. "We all here are of the belief that he has done his time. He belongs here for the rest of the season.

So at the end of July, Oakland has a healthy lead in the American League West, an infield strengthened by the addition of Alberto Callaspo, a roster that has met every challenge for four months and a team that is likely to get opening day starter Brett Anderson back in a couple of weeks or so.

The addition of Callaspo isn't a game-changer, which is a good thing, Brandon Moss said, only because the A's don't seem to need a game-change.

"It's a compliment to our entire roster," the first baseman said. "It says that the guys who are here now couldn't easily be improved on. I love us. We're the definition of a team. We're out there trying to win for each other. It's not about ourselves."


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Not everything is rosy, however. Other than back-to-back games Sunday and Monday when they scored 19 runs, the A's are in a three-week extended hitting slump.

Before scoring 10 times against the Angels on Sunday and nine times against the Blue Jays on Monday, the A's had a 15-game stretch in which they'd scored 43 runs, just under three per game.

Then they were shut out Tuesday and scored just two runs, both unearned, in a game Oakland had every chance to win Wednesday. Oakland went 0 for 12 with men in scoring position, didn't score after loading the bases with none out in the fourth and left men in scoring position four consecutive innings mid-game. All that without mentioning the four errors the Blue Jays turned in.

"We need better at-bats in those situations," manager Bob Melvin said of all the runners the A's stranded. "We didn't score a whole lot, and they basically gave us a couple of runs."

Colon had an odd game including three walks, all on four pitches. Even so, he allowed just two runs, one earned, the other scoring on a fourth-inning passed ball off the glove of rookie catcher Stephen Vogt.

"The ball had a lot of late movement, but I didn't do my job," Vogt said. "Bartolo didn't throw as many strikes as we're used to. But still on a day like that he gave up a chance to win."

The 40-year-old Colon, who has topped out at 95 mph on rare occasions this season, was nowhere close to that Wednesday.

He had plenty of movement on the ball, but when he needed to muscle up on a pitch, he couldn't quite do it.

"The speed went down, and I really can't explain that," Colon said through interpreter Manolo Hernandez-Douen. "But I don't worry about that.

"I'm always just trying to keep the team in the game."

And now it appears more than ever that MLB will keep Colon in the game.

  • New to the A's clubhouse was Callaspo, acquired in a trade with the Angels late Tuesday. Given the No. 18, Callaspo arrived and suited up, but the A's had to scramble to replace the red spikes he wore with the Angels with some white ones. Clubhouse man Steve Vucinich was able to find some that fit so that Callaspo wouldn't be out of place when he pinch-hit in the seventh inning.

  • Josh Reddick was in the original lineup in right field, but when he still had a little headache, the residue from a collision Tuesday with Jed Lowrie, he got the day off and the A's went with Chris Young instead. Reddick doesn't appear to have a concussion and should be good to go Friday against Texas.

  • Catcher John Jaso, on the seven-day disabled list with a concussion, has been there for seven days and still isn't quite ready to play. He said he didn't think it was likely that he would play against the Rangers this weekend.

  • Anderson will throw a two-inning simulated game Friday. Anderson, trying to return to the rotation after missing three months with right ankle and foot problems, will get 15 pitches, rest, then get another 15 pitches, Melvin said.

    Friday's game

    Texas (Alexi Ogando 4-3) at A's (Tommy Milone 9-8), 7:05 p.m. CSNCA