A's news and notes, April 6
Sam Fuld made two excellent plays in right field Sunday: His throw to third cut down Abraham Almonte to end the second inning, and his diving grab of Logan Morrisons soft liner ended the eighth.
Fuld went 1-for-4 at the plate. First baseman Daric Barton went 0-for-4 and committed an error that led to two unearned runs off winner Sonny Gray in the second inning.
With outfielder Craig Gentry (back strain) likely to come off the disabled list this week, it appears either Fuld or Barton might not be long for the Oakland roster.
Whatever the decisions going to be, its going to be a difficult one all the way around, manager Bob Melvin said. Melvin compared it to the decision to send catcher Stephen Vogt to Triple-A Sacramento.
You have 26 or 27 guys that you really feel like are part of the team and some of them arent here from time to time, Melvin said. I dont know whats going to happen.
The As have another pending roster move: Reliever Ryan Cook, who has been on the DL with shoulder tendinitis, accompanied the team on its flight to Minnesota. Melvin said Cook will be activated at some point on the road trip, though not necessarily Monday.
Briefly: Josh Donaldson ended his hitless streak at 20 at-bats with an RBI infield single in the fifth inning that accounted for the go-ahead run. ... Yoenis Céspedes accounted for the final run with an opposite-field homer off Mariners right-hander Yoervis Medina leading off the eighth. ... Melvin lost a replay challenge in the fourth. He thought Fuld had scrambled back to first safely after a bloop single, but the replay upheld the out call. Melvin hinted that hes going to be more judicious with his challenges. Its becoming more and more apparent that its really going to have to be obvious or potentially they dont overturn it, he said.
1:10 p.m. CSNCA
Kazmir (1-0) vs. Correia (0-0)
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Chavez (0-0) vs. Hughes (0-0)
Crazy eights: The As play their first road game at Minnesota on Monday. The As didnt face the Twins last year until Sept. 10. Oakland won the final six of the teams seven meetings in 2013, scoring at least eight runs in each win.
- Steve Kroner
Steve Kroner is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer.