Worth noting

• Oklahoma City manager Tony DeFrancesco, who received a diagnosis of cancer during Spring Training, attended Thursday's game against the A's and is nearly finished with his treatment program at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston.

"He has about a week left of treatments, and then he'll go home for 10 days or so to rest and then be re-evaluated," Luhnow said. "The expectation is he will be fully cured and back with OKC by the middle of May. We're keeping our fingers crossed."

• Porter addressed Paul Clemens' ejection for throwing at Jed Lowrie during Thursday's game, responding to a question about whether he ordered Clemens to throw at the A's shortstop.

"When you play this game, we all understand the written and unwritten rules that come with playing the game. I think there is a code in baseball that everybody appreciates and respects and understands. The game takes care of itself. I don't think any of us would want to sit here and talk about conversations that take place in the dugout or in the clubhouse. It's almost like, 'What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas.'"

Chris Abshire is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.