• Following Saturday's three-game series finale, the A's and Rays will enjoy a Sunday off-day, a rarity in baseball that was scheduled to accompany the Republican National Convention, which will hold its kickoff event at Tropicana Field on Sunday.
"I don't recall ever doing that," A's manager Bob Melvin said. "It really kind of messes up your mindset and where you are in the week leading up to it. Today feels like a Sunday. In the baseball life, it's either a night game or a day game, and if it's a day game it's Sunday. I think it'll be nice to have it off, but not typical of what you normally do with your routine over the course of the season."
Extra security was on hand Saturday, as both teams were informed of the chance political protestors could attempt to charge the field. The Secret Service was even expected to conduct a sweep after the game.
• Melvin has yet to decide on a starter for Wednesday, noting southpaw Travis Blackley is still an option unless he's needed out of the bullpen for long relief before then. Also in the mix is A.J. Griffin, though it seems more likely the righty will instead make another rehab start with Triple-A Sacramento on Monday.
The A's could ultimately choose to keep Jarrod Parker and Brandon McCarthy on a five-day plan -- instead of using Sunday's off-day to give them extra rest -- and have them pitch Wednesday and Thursday in Cleveland, respectively.