May 9, 2012; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Athletics second baseman Jemile Weeks (19) steals third base against the Toronto Blue Jays during the first inning at O.co Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-US PRESSWIRE

Athletics Vs. Blue Jays: Oakland Shut Down By Brandon Morrow, Settles For Series Split

The A's returned to O.co Coliseum for a fresh homestand on Tuesday. They ended up splitting a short two-game series against the Toronto Blue Jays to kick things off.

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Yoenis Cespedes Injury: A's Slugger Day-To-Day With Strained Hand Muscle

The Oakland A's got some good news regarding outfielder Yoenis Cespedes, after an MRI revealed only a strained hand muscle in the slugger's left hand, now being considered day-to-day according to CSN Bay Area.

"No breaks," Skipper Bob Melvin said. "Good news."

Cespedes, 26, left Tuesday's batting practice after feeling some pain in the hand, and was announced to be scratched from the lineup only an hour before first pitch. Any time an MRI is needed you tend to prepare for the worst, luckily Oakland dodged a bullet this time.

Cespedes currently sits one homer behind Josh Reddick for the team lead with five, though leads the A's with 28 games played, 21 RBI, and only 29 strikeouts in 106 at bats.

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Athletics Vs. Blue Jays, Game 2 Final Score: Toronto Homers Sink Oakland In 5-2 Loss

The Oakland Athletics hosted the Toronto Blue Jays on Wednesday afternoon in the second game of a short two-game series. Less than 24 hours after Brandon Inge launched a walk-off grand slam in the bottom of the ninth to stretch Oakland's win streak to three games, the hometown team was able to keep the hot streak going. They faltered and allowed three home runs in a 5-2 defeat to finish with a series split.

Oakland starter Tyson Ross started strong and there was no score in the game until the top of the fourth inning, when Adam Lind launched a two-run, two-out home run to right-center field to put the Blue Jays on top, 2-0. Toronto would not surrender the lead for the remainder of the game.

The A's cut the lead to 2-1 in the bottom of the fifth inning on a Jonny Gomes RBI single, but the Jays got that run right back in the top of the sixth, when Colby Rasmus hit a two-out single to drive in Brett Lawrie.

J.P. Arencibia led off the top of the seventh inning with a solo home run to push the lead to 4-1, but the A's answered back with a Josh Reddick RBI single in the bottom of the frame. The Blue Jays weren't done playing long ball, as Edwin Encarnacion snapped a dry spell with a solo shot in the top of the eighth to tack on an insurance run. Oakland would go meekly the rest of the way.

Ross ended up surrendering three earned runs in 5.2 innings pitched. Toronto starter Brandon Morrow was much more effective, surrendering just one run in six innings, walking for but striking out 10 Oakland batters. Jemile Weeks and Inge both had two-hit games, but both players are still batting under .200 for the season.

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Yoenis Cespedes Injury: Oakland A's Slugger Getting X-Rays, MRI On Injured Hand

Not too much is known about Cespedes' injury. Get the latest updates here.

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Athletics Vs. Blue Jays, Game 1 Final Score: Walk-Off Grand Slam Caps 7-3 Oakland Victory

The Toronto Blue Jays came to the O.co Coliseum on Tuesday to play the first game in a short two-game series against the Oakland Athletics. The Blue Jays took a late lead and looked poised to win, but the A's managed a dramatic walk-off 7-3 victory.

The Blue Jays jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the top of the third inning on a Kelly Johnson home run, but the A's tied things up in the bottom of the fifth on a Josh Reddick homer. The Blue Jays went ahead 3-2 in the top of the ninth inning when Johnson singled home Rajai Davis with two outs.

In the bottom of the ninth, Michael Taylor led off with a double. Jemile Weeks bunted Taylor over to third base and Pennington drove him in with a single to right field to tie the game. The Blue Jays intentionally walked Reddick and Jonny Gomes to set up the force out at every base, but Brandon Inge hit a second-pitch grand slam to left field to win the ball game.

Oakland starter Jarrod Parker went seven innings, giving up two earned runs on four hits and five walks

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Athletics Vs. Blue Jays Series Preview: Oakland Returns Home Looking To Gain Ground

The A's will return to O.co Coliseum for a fresh homestand on Tuesday. They'll take on the Blue Jays in a short two-game series.

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