OAKLAND — Joe Kennedy made 30 pitches from the top of the mound in a bullpen session Saturday.

"I didn't feel great, but I didn't feel that bad," said Kennedy, who has been on the disabled list since May 1 with bursitis in his shoulder. "It was a steppingstone toward getting back."

Kennedy will throw again Monday.

Eric Chavez and Bobby Kielty were both out for a second consecutive game Saturday. A's manager Ken Macha said Chavez (sore forearms) needed another day off and is day to day. Kielty (shoulder) can bat, but can't throw.

THOU SHALT NOT STEAL: The A's, well-known for their disdain of the stolen base, are coming off a series in San Diego in which they stole seven bases.

"We stole seven and lost two of three," Macha said. "You've got to steal a base when you need one. I'm all for the steal if you can be safe or if you need one."

The A's have 27 stolen bases so far this season. They had 31 all of last year.

STUFF THE BALLOT BOX: Six of eight starters for the American League All-Star team, as voted by the fans, are from New York or Boston.

"It's too heavily weighted to the big markets," Macha said. "I like what the fans are doing in Minnesota (organizing a campaign for catcher Joe Mauer)."

Macha was asked who is most deserving, someone having a hot first half or someone who has proven himself over time?

"What about (Melvin) Mora," Macha said. "Didn't he make the team last year? He has had some good first halves.


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Sometimes at the end of the year another guy ends up having a better year. That was the case last year with Chavez, my Gold Glove winner. He's one of the best players around, yet he has no chance."

SLUMPING KOTSAY: Mark Kotsay went 0-for-4 and is in a career-worst 0-for-21 skid.

"This is just one of those times where everything he does is wrong," Macha said. "When he does hit it hard, he hits it right at someone."

Kotsay hasn't let if affect his play in center field. He made a beautiful running catch to rob Orlando Hudson of extra bases in the fifth

ONE-HOPPERS: Mark Ellis started his 398th game at second base to move past Brent Gates into fourth place in Oakland history. He's 10th on the all-time Athletics list ... Luis Gonzalez went 4-of-4 and tied the Arizona record with three doubles.