Worth noting

Worth noting

• Melvin said that while many of his players -- particularly in the bullpen -- are ready for a break, he's concerned about them having too much time off between Sunday's regular-season finale and the A's first game of the playoffs on October 4.

"I think there's some aspects you like with the break and some that you don't," Melvin said. "You kind of want to stay current and we'll combat that with some situational stuff."

• The A's have lost the season series with Seattle, meaning they'll continue a streak of winning in even numbered seasons and losing in odd numbered seasons over the past eight years.

Jacob Thorpe is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.