NEW YORK -- The A's made a roster move to bolster their bullpen on Sunday, as they selected veteran reliever Jeremy Accardo's contract from Triple-A Sacramento. Accardo last pitched in the playoffs for Sacramento and thought that his season was over before getting tabbed by the A's.
"I threw a bullpen the other day," said Accardo, whose last game action was 12 days ago. "I think they knew this was going down. They gave me a heads-up and let me throw a couple times. I was actually scheduled to throw an instructional league game today. I would've been the oldest pitcher [there]."
Accardo played much of the season with the Cleveland Indians but became a free agent on Aug. 11 after being designated for assignment. He signed with Oakland just four days later and made seven relief appearances for Sacramento.
Accardo left Sacramento and went to Lake Tahoe to relax for a few days, but he continued his workouts and was ready to begin throwing again when the A's wanted him to join their team. He is now thrust into a postseason race with less than two weeks to go in an eventful season.
"It's great," he said of his timing and good fortune. "As a player and as a competitor, this is what you want. You want to be involved in the postseason atmosphere. It kind of brings out a little more in every player. It's fun to embrace the challenge and to go out there and try to get some outs."
A's manager Bob Melvin admitted that his bullpen is caught a little short after Saturday's 14-inning game, but he wouldn't go into specifics on who was available. The bottom line, he said, is that Accardo can help the A's in the next 10 days and Oakland has room for him.
"The organization is doing the right thing in trying to get another arm here and a guy who does have quite a bit of big league experience," said Melvin. "He's a right-hander who can get left-handed guys out. It's never a bad thing to have added depth. Especially guys with experience."
Melvin doesn't want A's to look too far ahead
NEW YORK -- The A's may be leaving the Bronx on Sunday and heading to Texas for a showdown with the first-place Rangers, but they're not going to get ahead of themselves. Yes, Oakland needs a positive result to have a chance at catching Texas, but manager Bob Melvin doesn't look at it that way.
"We just have to take care of our business and concentrate on what we're doing," said Melvin. "The schedule would suggest we're playing all teams that are in that situation, but that shouldn't affect us. The only thing is that they're really good teams fighting for their lives as well. It's all the same for us each and every day, whether we're at home or on the road. No matter who we're playing. Every day has to be for us. Like you're playing your last day. You've got to leave it all out there."
Indeed, the A's are in the midst of one of the most crucial stretches of their season. Oakland has played in consecutive series against the Angels, Orioles, Tigers and Yankees, and will go into the series with Texas holding the American League's second Wild Card spot.
Oakland will play four games in Texas starting Monday and will conclude the season with a three-game series against the Rangers at home. Melvin will allow that his team should be hardened by its late-season schedule, but he won't allow his players to get too far ahead of themselves down the stretch.
Talk about the postseason is still forbidden in the Oakland clubhouse, and Melvin is confident that his young team is maintaining its focus on every game and every opponent. Melvin was asked Sunday if he considers himself an old-school manager.
"I think you have to change and adapt with the times," he said of his managerial profile. "And more than anything, you have to adapt to the type of team you have. We have a young team. I enjoy younger players. You're more apt to teach over the course of the season and instruct, and we've put together a very good staff that's able to do that. I would have to say I'm probably more middle school."
Melvin: A's play hard and with respect
NEW YORK -- The Yankees and A's engaged in a brief back-and-forth Sunday over the on-field reactions to Saturday's game. Eric Chavez told the New York Post that he took exception to the way Oakland celebrated hitting three home runs in the 13th inning of Saturday's game.
"I thought it was distasteful," Chavez said about Oakland's celebration. "That's not cool. That's not how you play the game. I am all for having fun, but that crossed the line. It is all about being humble."
Chavez, who began his career in the Oakland organization, also told the Post that he felt the A's dugout celebrations were "high school-ish" and "pretty unprofessional." He also allowed, however, that the home runs were "no-doubt blasts" and that he thought the game was over.
Of course, the game wasn't over. The Yankees came back with four runs of their own in the 13th inning and went on to win it in the 14th. A's manager Bob Melvin was asked about the Post report on Sunday.
"I'll be brief on that," said Melvin of the Chavez quotes and how they played in the Oakland clubhouse. "We play the game hard and we respect it out on the field. ... I think if you look around the league and see some things, you can pick something out of anyone's dugout. ...We play the game the right way on the field. If you try to keep things loose in your dugout, there's nothing wrong with that."
Melvin was asked if the Chavez quotes carried more impact because they came from a player with ties to the Oakland organization, and he said, "No. Not to me."
Jonny Gomes, who hit the first of the three home runs for the A's, met with the media to give his own take on the situation.
"Have you ever seen what the Cardinals do when they hit a home run?" asked Gomes. "When a Cardinal hits a home run, the whole team stands in a single-file line. The guy who hits it [smacks hands] all the way down. That's the Cardinals. It's one of the oldest organizations in baseball and run by one of the most professional guys in the clubhouse."
Spencer Fordin is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.