OAKLAND -- Sean Doolittle was back on a mound Thursday, throwing all of his pitches in an encouraging 26-pitch bullpen session -- the A's reliever's first since returning to the disabled list May 28 with a strained left shoulder.
Doolittle has spent all but two days on the DL this season, having appeared in just one game after coming back from a strained rotator cuff. When he did, his typically buzzing fastball topped out at 90 mph. But on Thursday, though without a radar gun, Doolittle said, "it was definitely harder than the first time around."
"He kind of took the sting out," Indians manager Terry Francona said of Carrasco. "I'm thrilled the way he pitched. I know he's mentioned being a little tougher, trying to dig deeper. I thought tonight he did everything you're supposed to do. Now, you've just got to follow it up again. That was a really good outing."
Kendall Graveman will try to return to form when the A's host the Indians in the second game of a four-game set at the Coliseum on Friday night.
After going 3-2 with a 1.26 ERA in six starts from June 7 to July 4, Graveman (6-7, 4.13) is 0-3 with a 10.22 ERA in his last three starts. The three-game losing streak is the first of his young career, but he's still tied for the lead in wins among American League rookies.
LOS ANGELES -- The A's final big trade chip fell off the board on Tuesday, when ultra-utility man Ben Zobrist was dealt to the Royals for a pair of Minor League pitchers.
It's the third trade -- and likely the last involving a big-name player -- in the last six days by the A's, who sent Scott Kazmir to Houston on Thursday and Tyler Clippard to the Mets on Monday, receiving a total of three prospects.
LOS ANGELES -- The A's busted out for four runs in the seventh and were one strike away from exiting the inning with a three-run lead intact when the floodgates burst open and their bullpen reenacted a familiar scene in vintage fashion.
A game they once led the Dodgers, 6-3, was lost by a 10-7 margin Wednesday night.
LOS ANGELES -- Sonny Gray tossed a shutout and Josh Reddick added a solo home run to give the A's a 2-0 win over the Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on Tuesday night.
For Gray (11-4) it was his second shutout in his last four starts. He surrendered only three hits and he struck out nine. Gray lowered his AL-leading ERA to 2.17 and kept the Dodgers off-balance with his combination of fastball, curveball and slider.
LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers responded to the A's four-run seventh with a five-spot in the bottom of the inning and two more runs in the eighth, doing most of their damage with two outs, to earn a 10-7 victory and snap their three-game losing streak on Wednesday night.
A's reliever Fernando Rodriguez walked two of his four batters to begin the seventh, putting runners at first and second for Adrian Gonzalez, who notched an RBI double off lefty Drew Pomeranz. Yasmani Grandal's ensuing dribbler down the third-base line led to another run, and Kiké Hernandez put the Dodgers on top, 7-6, with a two-run double. Yasiel Puig, who hit a two-run homer in the fourth, drove in Hernandez with a single off Dan Otero to cap the rally.
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Sonny Gray gets 1st MLB hit, won't test Puig's arm
By Mike Bertha |
Athletics ace Sonny Gray had one heckuva Tuesday night. The 25-year-old right hander threw an absolute gem in Dodger Stadium. He had only allowed two hits through seven innings and his A's were up 2-0 when his spot in the batting order to lead off the eighth.
LOS ANGELES -- A potentially demoralizing day for the A's didn't end that way, thanks to Sonny Gray.
Oakland's ace capped an emotionally fueled week of trades with a three-hit, 2-0 shutout of the Dodgers, alleviating a shaken A's clubhouse that lost Ben Zobrist in a trade with Kansas City earlier in the day.
LOS ANGELES -- There you go, Mr. Kershaw. See if you can top that.
Sonny Gray never would say such a thing. He's too much the Southern gentleman, too respectful of others, especially his elders. But Gray's actions spoke volumes on Tuesday night at Dodger Stadium, where the locals have grown accustomed to brilliant pitching.
LOS ANGELES -- The A's will turn to one of their many new acquisitions to fill the hole left by Scott Kazmir in their rotation, opting to promote right-hander Aaron Brooks come Saturday for a home start against the Indians.
"It looks like we got two really good arms," A's manager Bob Melvin said, referring to Brooks and Sean Manaea, who were acquired from the Royals for Ben Zobrist. "It's a great opportunity for a guy who was pitching in the Minor Leagues to come up and pitch here, and it looks like he commands the baseball well and has a good mix of pitches.
LOS ANGELES -- Stephen Vogt says he "should've said bye just in case." Oakland's catcher was walking around the team hotel Tuesday morning when he ran into Ben Zobrist. Moments later, his teammate was out of sight. Hours later, he was out of town, shipped to Kansas City as part of the A's third trade in six days.
LOS ANGELES -- The A's parted with their closer on Monday, sending right-hander Tyler Clippard to the Mets in a deal that netted them more young talent.
This time, general manager Billy Beane landed right-handed starter Casey Meisner, four days after dealing lefty Scott Kazmir to Houston for catcher Jacob Nottingham and pitcher Daniel Mengden. All three have been assigned to Class A Advanced Stockton, reflecting the organization's newfound long-term emphasis.
Jane Lee is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.
Doolittle named Bob Feller Act of Valor Award nominee
By Andrew Simon
The active Major League players and Hall of Famers nominated for the 2015 Bob Feller Act of Valor Award were revealed Tuesday.
The award, now in its third year, honors the legacy of Hall of Fame pitcher Bob Feller, who became the first professional athlete to enlist in the U.S. military after the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941. A current MLB player, a Hall of Famer and a U.S. Navy Chief Petty Officer are recognized each Veterans Day in a ceremony at the U.S. Navy Memorial in Washington, D.C.
MLBPipeline.com's Prospect Team of the Week honors the best performances from the previous seven days. Any player currently on an organization Top 30 Prospects list on our Prospect Watch is eligible, including big leaguers.
Players aren't just playing for their parent organization when on the field. Every game can be considered an audition for 29 other teams.
The Giants have won five consecutive games and 11 of their last 12 to trim their deficit behind first-place Los Angeles in the National League West to one game. San Francisco also lengthened its home winning streak to six games while recording its first three-game sweep of the A's at AT&T Park since May 20-22, 2011.
Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Haft-Baked Ideas, follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat and listen to his podcast. Trevor Hass is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.
Olson rips two homers in first two at-bats for RockHounds
Athletics No. 1 prospect notches a season-high 5 RBIs for Double-A Midland
By Alex M. Smith
Matt Olson made his first two at-bats count on Monday, cracking two home runs while racking up a season-high five RBIs.
That provided necessary cushion for Double-A Midland, which took down Frisco in a 12-9 shootout. The Athletics' No. 1 prospect (No. 58 overall) finished 2-for-5 and is 4-for-9 with three homers and six RBIs over the past two nights.
Bullpen records 6 2/3 shutout innings as A's nearly come back
By Trevor Hass
SAN FRANCISCO -- Kendall Graveman allowed nine of the 13 batters he faced to reach base Sunday, lasting just 1 1/3 innings and yielding four earned runs in the A's 4-3 loss to the Giants at AT&T Park.
Matt Duffy made Graveman pay on a poorly located cutter, launching the ball over the fence in left to give the Giants a 2-0 lead in the first. Graveman never bounced back, needing 50 pitches to record four outs.
If we had to pinpoint the one theme of this 2015 season that stands out above all others, it's unquestionably the dominating impact and the infusion of youth on the Major League scene. Never was this more evident than on Monday night when 23-year-old Cubs rookie Kris Bryant cracked his first career walk-off homer into the Wrigley Field bleachers to give the Cubs a dramatic 9-8 win against the Rockies.
And just an hour or so before Bryant's blast landed, the mere suggestion that the Dodgers might consider trading 24-year-old Yasiel Puig turned social media upside down.
SAN FRANCISCO -- A's manager Bob Melvin recalls the scene with ease and a jovial expression on his face, one of many fond memories he has from a long-lasting friendship with Randy Johnson.
It was 2001 and the eventual champion D-backs were about to play their first World Series game against the Yankees, which happened to be 2015 Hall of Fame inductee Johnson's first career World Series start. Melvin was Arizona's bench coach at the time.
SAN FRANCISCO -- Chris Bassitt has yet to notch a win in four starts for the A's despite pitching well in all of them, but the right-hander is at least assured of another opportunity for one.
Despite being saddled with a 2-1 Interleague loss in San Francisco on Saturday, Bassitt continued to prove his worth as a long-term answer in a muddled Oakland rotation that's lost Scott Kazmir to trade and Jesse Hahn to injury in less than two weeks.
SAN FRANCISCO -- Joe Panik and Matt Duffy collaborated on a tiebreaking sixth-inning rally that lifted the Giants to a 2-1 Interleague triumph Saturday over the Oakland A's at AT&T Park.
With the score deadlocked at 1, Panik prolonged the sixth by doubling with two outs off A's starter Chris Bassitt (0-3). Duffy followed by stroking a single to right field that scored Panik. San Francisco, which has won 10 of its past 11 games, leads the Majors with 190 two-out runs.
Burns enters late, feels 'great' after groin injury
By Trevor Hass
SAN FRANCISCO -- A day after fouling a ball that bounced up and hit his groin and caused a testicular contusion, A's center fielder Billy Burns entered Saturday's 2-1 loss to the Giants in the seventh inning.
Burns looked like his usual self in center, kept the game alive with a hit to left in the ninth and looked fine running the bases.
SAN FRANCISCO -- Hunter Pence collected four hits to back Jake Peavy's six-plus innings of three-run ball as the San Francisco Giants defeated the Oakland Athletics, 9-3, in the series opener Friday night at AT&T Park.
Pence doubled in a run in the first, singled in the third, doubled again in the fifth and legged out an infield single in the sixth to cap off the right fielder's first four-hit game of the season. The Giants improved to 22-7 in games Pence starts.