A's ready to rest on elusive off-day
Oakland plays league-high 14 straight games to start 2010
OAKLAND -- Having been part of six games decided in the last at-bat already, the A's have witnessed a fair share of unusual scenarios this season.
What they haven't seen yet, though, is a day of rest.
That will finally change Monday, when the club is scheduled to enjoy its first off-day after playing 14 consecutive games, the longest such streak in the Majors this year.
The last time the A's opened the season with a streak of at least 14 straight days with a game was in 1991, when they began the season with 16 consecutive contests.
Following Monday's off-day, Oakland will enjoy another trio of days off over a 21-day stretch from April 20 to May 10. Currently, the A's are in the midst of their longest homestand, which includes 10 games against the Orioles, Yankees and Indians.
The Yanks come to town on Tuesday for a three-game set, and former New York pitchers Chad Gaudin and Edwar Ramirez are expected to receive their 2010 World Series rings at some point during the series.
A's Ellis eyeing Tuesday as return date
OAKLAND -- Mark Ellis was missing from the A's starting lineup for the seventh consecutive game Sunday, but manager Bob Geren said that the second baseman will "shoot for Tuesday," when Oakland hosts the Yankees.
Ellis, 32, has been bothered by a sore left hamstring for the past week, but has been keeping himself busy with plenty of baseball activity, including batting practice and agility work.
He was slated to test the hamstring Sunday before treating it during Monday's off-day to determine his availability for Tuesday's matchup, and Geren insisted there's been no talk of putting Ellis on the disabled list.
Ellis missed 55 games last year while on the DL from April 29 to June 27 with a strained left calf, and he has endured stints on the DL five times in the past seven seasons.
Meanwhile, Adam Rosales has started each of the past seven games at second base, and entered Sunday's series finale against the Orioles batting .364 during that time. Furthermore, he's batting .556 during day games.
OAKLAND -- Right-hander Michael Wuertz (shoulder) threw a scoreless inning at Triple-A Sacramento on Sunday, allowing two hits and a walk while striking out one in his second rehab appearance. He threw 23 pitches, 12 of which were strikes. ... In the same game, right-hander Vin Mazzaro gave up six runs (four earned) in four innings. He entered the game having not given up a run in 10 1/3 frames. ... In eight games for the River Cats, designated hitter Jack Cust is 5-for-28 (.179) with six walks and five strikeouts. ... Right-hander Trevor Cahill (neck) will throw 60 pitches in a rehab start for Sacramento on Monday. ... In Sunday's 8-3 loss to Baltimore, Ryan Sweeney extended his hitting streak to 13 games, which matches a career-high and ties for the second-longest season-opening streak in Oakland history. ... Kevin Kouzmanoff snapped an 0-for-9 hitless streak with a sixth-inning RBI double.
Jane Lee is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.