OAKLAND — After two days back in the A's starting lineup, Jed Lowrie was on the bench Sunday with Eric Sogard back at shortstop.

Lowrie, who'd missed three starts midweek because a bruised right index finger, was available to play, manager Bob Melvin said, but could use the day off.

``My plan was always to have him play two games, then give him a day off,'' Melvin said. ``He's good enough to play, but he's not going to get better playing.

``The hope is this will help him get better.''

Lowrie is expected to be in the starting lineup Monday in Kansas City.

  • Luke Gregerson had a pretty standard goatee for most of the year, but the reliever has added a little something extra since the All-Star break.

    He's got a little bit of the Rollie Fingers thing going with the ends of his mustache jutting out, although he's quick to say he's not going for the Fingers trademark handlebar mustache.

    ``I'm going for the Luke Gregerson look,'' the reliever said. ``His mustache curled, mine kind of flares out. And, besides, he didn't have a goatee.''

    True enough, but there is still the hint of the Fingers look in the face Gregerson presents to the world these days.

    ``Don't we all have a little Rollie Fingers in us?'' he asked.

  • Tommy Milone, who started the season in the A's rotation, looks like he will end it in the Twins' starting five.


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    Minnesota, which picked Milone up from the A's in exchange for outfielder Sam Fuld, has announced that Milone will start for them Monday night in Houston. Milone, pitching for Triple-A Rochester, flew Sunday from Indianapolis and will join the team for a series against the Astros.

    That means the A's missed facing their former lefty starter by just one day, and Melvin, who has long been one of Milone's biggest fans, is good with that.

    ``He's a guy who meant a lot to us,'' Melvin said of Milone, who won 31 games with a 3.4 ERA in 442.2 innings for the A's from 2012-14. The manager added that he and the organization were happy for Milone and were glad not to have to be the team facing him in his return to the big leagues.

    ``He set an example for work ethic and professionalism. We wish him well.''