Worth noting

Worth noting

• Joakim Soria was cleared to begin a medical rehabilitation assignment with Double-A Frisco on Thursday. It will be the first time he's pitched in a game since undergoing Tommy John elbow reconstruction surgery on April 3, 2012.

• Matt Harrison (back surgery) continues to play catch on flat ground, and Colby Lewis (flexor tendon surgery) has been cleared for a second bullpen session off the mound on Thursday.

• Nelson Cruz was hitting .203 against the Athletics over the past five seasons before delivering two home runs, a double and four RBIs on Monday night.

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