OAKLAND -- Chris Bassitt tossed seven shutout innings and the A's finally scored some runs for him, pulling away for a 5-0 win over the Orioles at the Coliseum on Tuesday night, giving the right-hander his first victory of the season.
OAKLAND -- Through the first five innings, it seemed like a standard Chris Bassitt outing. But in the sixth, the A's did something they had barely done for the right-hander in five starts this season -- score runs.
The A's brought home four in the sixth -- highlighted by a Marcus Semien three-run homer -- en route to a 5-0 win over the Orioles at the Coliseum on Tuesday night. The A's notched their American League-leading 14th shutout of the season and Bassitt got his first win since joining Oakland in the December trade that sent Jeff Samardzija to the White Sox.
With Baltimore sending lefty Wei-Yin Chen to the mound, new Athletic Danny Valencia -- who was claimed off waivers from the Blue Jays on Monday -- could make his first start for Oakland on Wednesday in the rubber game at the Coliseum.
Chen is 2-0 with a 2.08 ERA in two career starts in Oakland and is 5-6 with a 3.24 ERA on the season. He takes the mound in the finale of the first leg of a three-city West Coast trip for the O's.
The A's were tied, 0-0, with the Orioles on Tuesday night before Eric Sogard scooted across home plate in the bottom of the fifth inning. Ostensibly, Sogard was driven in by Billy Burns' two-out single to center field. But really, he owes the pitching mound some thanks.
OAKLAND -- A's left-handed reliever Sean Doolittle, who has been on the disabled list since May 28 with a strained left shoulder, threw a simulated game on Tuesday, and everything went smoothly.
Doolittle threw 27 pitches to right-handed hitters Josh Phegley and Mark Canha. He may rehab with Class A Advanced Stockton this weekend, but A's manager Bob Melvin will check on Doolittle Wednesday to make sure he's ready.
Tyler Wilson, the Orioles' No. 9 prospect, pitched admirably filling in for Chris Tillman -- who was sidelined with a left ankle injury -- tossing 7 2/3 innings of two-run ball in his second career start. Wilson picked up his second win of the season, giving up six hits on 100 pitches.
Trevor Hass is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.
Rally Possum shows up near foul pole in Oakland
By Chris Landers |
When last we left the Marsupial Formerly Known as Rally Possum, it was seen revisiting some old haunts, making the same trip to the bullpen that had so thoroughly inspired the A's down the stretch last year. But, as it is with all visionaries, there comes a time to push one's boundaries and explore creative capabilities. Sure, Rally Possum could continue to hold court in that same patch of foul territory, dooming every Oakland opponent to crushing defeat, but where would the satisfaction be in that?
So our hearts were filled with pride during the A's loss to Baltimore on Monday, as the possum appeared to have moved up in the world -- all the way up the outfield wall, to be precise.
OAKLAND -- The A's have claimed infielder/outfielder Danny Valencia off waivers from the Blue Jays, the club announced Monday.
Valencia was batting .296 with seven home runs and 29 RBIs in 58 games with Toronto before he was designated for assignment Saturday. He's started 27 games at left field, nine at third base, one at right field and one at first base, while hitting .316 against lefties.
OAKLAND -- Newly acquired Felix Doubront will pitch in a long relief role for the A's, manager Bob Melvin said Sunday.
The A's acquired the left-hander Doubront from the Blue Jays on Friday for cash considerations. His role was uncertain, but now it's clear Doubront -- who arrived in Oakland on Sunday -- will begin in the bullpen.
OAKLAND -- Aaron Brooks' first big league start was nothing to write home about. His second, coming more than a year later and with a different club, had everyone from home crying tears of joy.
Most of them -- including his mom, dad and stepmom -- were in attendance Saturday at the Coliseum, where Brooks celebrated his A's debut with 7 1/3 innings of one-run ball, earning his first career victory in a 5-1 decision over the Indians.
OAKLAND -- Two plays happened in succession in the fifth inning and unfolded in nearly identical fashion -- at first.
On the initial play, Eric Sogard singled to right and a hustling Max Muncy was thrown out at the plate by Indians right fielder Lonnie Chisenhall. Then, on the very next pitch, Sam Fuld laced a ball in almost the exact same spot, but Marcus Semien scored and Sogard came home on an overthrow.
OAKLAND -- Aaron Brooks dazzled in his A's debut, holding the Indians to one run across 7 1/3 innings to help his new club snap a three-game losing streak with a 5-1 victory at the Coliseum on Saturday night.
Lonnie Chisenhall hit Brooks' lone mistake for a solo home run in the fifth inning. The right-hander, acquired from Kansas City this week in the Ben Zobrist trade, allowed just four other hits, striking out five and walking none for his first career win.
Athletics No. 3 prospect has memorable first outing for Double-A Midland
By Alex M. Smith
Three days after being traded from Kansas City to Oakland, Sean Manaea tossed his best game of the year.
The Athletics' new No. 3 prospect hurled seven shutout innings for Double-A Midland, giving up just three hits while striking out a season-high nine hitters and walking none. Manaea's performance helped the RockHounds take down Corpus Christi, 4-0, on Friday night.
OAKLAND -- The A's were minor players on Friday's non-waiver Trade Deadline scene, acquiring lefty Felix Doubront from the Blue Jays and dealing right-hander Ryan Cook to Boston after doing much of their heavy lifting in the last week.
Having already traded their biggest assets -- Scott Kazmir, Tyler Clippard and Ben Zobrist -- in exchange for five prospects well ahead of the deadline, the A's simply used the day to bolster their pitching depth down the stretch in Doubront, who was obtained for cash. Cook was dealt for a player to be named later or cash.
A's starter snaps rough stretch but gets no-decision
By Trevor Hass
OAKLAND -- Coming in 0-3 with a 10.22 ERA in his last three starts, Kendall Graveman was due for a bounceback performance.
He responded by tossing 6 2/3 innings in the A's 2-1 loss to the Indians on Friday night, allowing one unearned run on five hits and returning to the form A's fans grew accustomed to from late May until July 4.
OAKLAND -- Amid an already disheartening stretch of goodbyes to three of their biggest assets, the A's have stopped hitting, amplifying the frustration level of a last-place club that's dropped nine of 13 since the All-Star break.
"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."
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.