"They took care of us when we weren't hitting, and hopefully we can take care of them if they're going through a tough spell as well," Crisp said.
NOTES: Cespedes (right shoulder tendinitis) received a cortisone injection after Wednesday's game and was out of the lineup Thursday. Manager Bob Melvin said Cespedes felt "really good" Thursday, but he wanted to give him a day off. "We're hoping he can play (Friday). Probably DH for a day or two," Melvin said. ... Twins C Joe Mauer (concussion), who has been on the disabled list since Aug. 20, did not make the trip to Oakland with his teammates but worked out Thursday at Target Field after spending three days at home. ... Oakland C John Jaso (concussion) took batting practice Thursday, and he might go to the instructional league in Arizona on Monday to get some at-bats as a DH, Melvin said. Jaso has been on the disabled list since July 25, but Melvin has not ruled out his return this year. ... Plouffe left the game after the top of the eighth with a sore left wrist.