Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 9/13/12

A.J. Griffin is 6-0 to start his career, the best start in Oakland history.

But even though manager Bob Melvin said that he didn't even know who Griffin was during the spring -- the right-hander was not in big-league camp -- Griffin's strong performances aren't unusual for the A's.

That's just what Oakland's rookie starters do, and they've put on a showcase of that in Anaheim this week. Jarrod Parker beat the Los Angeles Angels on Monday, Dan Straily did it Tuesday, and it was Griffin's turn Wednesday in Oakland's 4-1 victory.

Griffin worked eight scoreless innings, allowed six hits and struck out six. He did not walk a batter.

Griffin is the first major league pitcher since at least 1918 who has not allowed more than three runs or two walks in each of his first 11 career starts.

The A's franchise record for consecutive wins to start a career is seven, set by Kansas City's Jim Nash in 1966.

Wednesday's victory over the Angels was the Oakland's 12 road win in a row, matching the Oakland record set in 1971. The franchise record is 14, set in 1931.

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