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A's slugger Khris Davis bows out of World Baseball Classic

A's slugger Khris Davis bows out of World Baseball Classic

MESA, Ariz. -- A's left fielder Khris Davis confirmed that he won't play for Team Mexico in the World Baseball Classic.

Davis said he felt "terrible" about the decision, but that he wanted his undivided attention to be on preparing for his second season with Oakland.

"I kind of feel over-extended," he said shortly before the A's hit the field for their first full-squad workout of the season.

Coming off a season where he clubbed a career-best 42 home runs with 102 RBI, Davis said he wouldn't dwell on the incredibly slow start he had in 2016 or the monster numbers he proceeded to put up after that. But he's ready to help the A's try to rebound from back-to-back last place finishes.

"There's a lot of excitement, I can feel it."

A's notes: Fernando Rodney off to a strong start with his 10th team

A's notes: Fernando Rodney off to a strong start with his 10th team

OAKLAND — Fernando Rodney pitched around a single and hit batter in the ninth inning to put up yet another zero. Since joining the A's, Rodney has pitched four scoreless innings, allowing three hits and no walks, with four strikeouts. Overall, he has not allowed an earned run in his last nine innings. Jeurys Familia also had a nice bounce-back performance, pitching two scoreless innings, after allowing five earned runs in his previous two outings.

--- Wednesday marked the fourth A's game of the season that was scoreless through nine innings. The last time that happened was in 1968. The A's have also been involved in four of the seven games that were scoreless through 11 innings this season, going 2-2.

--- The A's fell to 10-5 in extra inning games, while the Mariners improved to 11-1. Seattle's 11 extra inning wins are the most in MLB.

--- Oakland was shut out for the first time since June 9, a 2-0 loss to Kansas City.

--- Despite the loss, the A's have won 17 of its last 21 home games. For the season, Oakland is 35-24 at the Coliseum.

--- Jed Lowrie leads all Major League second basemen with a .995 fielding percentage. He has only committed two errors all season.

--- Brett Anderson pitched 7 2/3 shutout innings for the first time since 2015, as a member of the Dodgers.

Brett Anderson addresses the keys to his stellar August after long outing vs Mariners

Brett Anderson addresses the keys to his stellar August after long outing vs Mariners

OAKLAND — Brett Anderson did everything but get the win Wednesday afternoon. The A's veteran left-hander turned in his best performance of the season, tossing 7 2/3 scoreless innings, allowing just five hits and no walks. Unfortunately, Oakland's bats couldn't provide any run support, as the Mariners snapped the A's four-game win streak, 2-0 in 12 innings.

“He was great,” said catcher Jonathan Lucroy. “We were mixing, throwing strikes, working ahead. The changeup was big today. He just threw really well. I wish we could have scored runs for him. He deserved it.”

Anderson mowed the Mariners down inning after inning, recording 16 ground ball outs, compared to just five fly balls. He threw first pitch strikes to 21 of the 27 batters he faced.

“Just mixing pitches and staying down in the zone,” Anderson said. “Being aggressive and trying to keep the ball off the barrel, and for the most part I was able to do that today.”

“You saw a lot of balls on the ground, and a lot of weak contact,” added A's manager Bob Melvin. “To expect him to get us that deep in the game was probably a stretch, but he just kept performing well, to the point where he deserved to go back out.”

Wednesday's outing continued an impressive August for Anderson. In three starts, he has allowed just two runs in 19 2/3 innings, for an ERA of 0.92.

“His changeup has been a big pitch for him,” Melvin said. “He's not trying to get strikeouts, not spinning the ball as much. It's more good sinker, good changeup, and using his breaking ball when he has to. It's the weak contact. He's not going to be a strikeout guy anymore. It's going to be weak contact, and that's what he was getting today.”

“You want to be a guy who continues to go out there and give your team a chance to win,” Anderson added. “I don't get a lot of strikeouts, but I'll take the efficiency, and pitching into the eighth inning is always good.”

As a whole, the A's starting rotation has been spectacular recently. In their last 14 games, Oakland's starters have gone 8-1 with a 1.84 ERA.

“That's when teams are going their best,” Anderson said. “You want to match or do better than the next guy. We all push each other. It's fun when we're going well like this.”