OAKLAND -- The A's bid farewell to Derek Jeter on Sunday with some nice gifts, but they saved a 10-5 win for themselves.
The Yankees shortstop, who is retiring after this season and won't play in the Coliseum again unless the A's and Yankees meet in the playoffs, was roundly and lustily cheered by the third consecutive sellout Coliseum crowd.
He doubled in his third at-bat and scored the first Yankees run. It was irrelevant, as it happens, because Derek Norris and Coco Crisp hit three-run homers in the first two innings and the game's outcome was never in doubt in New York's final regular-season appearance in Oakland this season.
The A's gave Jeter a specially engraved three-liter 2009 Abreu Madrona Ranch Cabernet, a private tour with the winemaker and a stay at Meadowood Resort in Napa Valley with a lunch or dinner at Mustards Grill. In addition, the club presented Jeter a check for his Turn 2 Foundation for exactly $10,002.
The A's now turn their attention to the Texas Rangers, who are struggling to make themselves relevant in the American League West. They had to win three in a row through Saturday just to get back to .500, then lost Sunday and are eight games behind the 42-27 A's in the West standings.
It is clearly a make-or-break series for Texas.
"We've got to go there and play well, or we could get buried," manager Ron Washington said before Texas' Sunday finale in Seattle. The Rangers won the West in 2010 and 2011, and the A's have won the last two titles.
"We know they've had some injuries," Norris said. "But at the same time with the guys out, they have guys who are getting opportunities who maybe had been looked past. These guys are playing well and taking advantage of the chance to show their stuff. We'll have to come out playing hard."
Norris' three-run homer on Father's Day is one of seven homers he's hit this year. He had two on Mother's Day, leading manager Bob Melvin to suggest Sunday, "I guess he has a good relationship with his parents."
"I talked to my dad (Russ) this morning, but not about baseball," Norris said, adding jokingly, "He'll probably ask why I didn't hit two."
Melvin defined the Rangers as perhaps the big leagues' most injured club, but the A's don't have to take much of a back seat to any team with their injuries, and Oakland was lucky to escape without more names on the list Sunday.
Outfielder Craig Gentry was hit by a pitch on the head. He went down in a heap in the fourth inning, but he was able to get up and, after being checked up by the medical crew, remained in the game.
"I was lucky it wasn't a fastball," Gentry said of the curve thrown by the Yankees' Jose Ramirez. "If it had been a fastball, it would have been a whole different story."
And in the ninth inning Norris was hit by a backswing on his left (gloved) hand. Norris has been hit by bats a handful of times the last two weeks, including three times on the head on the last road trip.
"The bat caught the back part of the hand," Norris said. "It's OK."
Other than the homers, the A's Father's Day win was mostly about starter Jesse Chavez. He took a shutout into the sixth inning, when doubles from Jeter and Mark Teixeira gave the Yankees their first run. The A's had a 10-0 lead at the time.
Melvin said Chavez was pitching back to his form of April, and the right-hander agreed.
"I was able to keep the ball down in the zone, which had been a problem in my last three or four starts," Chavez said. He was delighted not to have walked anyone, and said when he got to a three-ball count, "I wasn't going to give in."
Chavez has allowed one earned run or less six times, but this was the first time since April 30.
It brought a couple grounders, moving his slide to 0 for 33, before he singled home a run in the fourth. Melvin said the move is temporary and that Donaldson will be back in the top of the order soon.
"He wants me to be healthy but also to be comfortable at the plate," Reddick said.
So if Reddick's right knee is healthy, but he is 0 for 6 or 1 for 10 in his first two or three games with Sacramento, he wouldn't return automatically. And Reddick said he is OK with that.
Texas (Colby Lewis 4-4) at A's (Drew Pomeranz 5-3), 7:05 p.m. CSNCA
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