A's wait out Tanaka, strike late in Bronx

A's wait out Tanaka, strike late in Bronx

NEW YORK -- Masahiro Tanaka rebounded from the worst two-start stretch of his career with a 13-strikeout performance, but Jed Lowrie drove home the tiebreaking run and Stephen Vogt slugged a two-run homer as the Athletics secured a 4-1 victory over the Yankees on Friday evening at Yankee Stadium.

Lowrie collected his third hit of the game in the eighth inning off Tyler Clippard, who had relieved Tanaka. Khris Davis added a run-scoring single later in the inning, and Vogt went deep in the ninth off Jonathan Holder, helping boost Sean Manaea (3-3) to the win.

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Manaea's first 7-inning start timely for A's

Lefty's scoreless gem comes as injuries ravage rest of rotation

Manaea's first 7-inning start timely for A's

NEW YORK -- Sean Manaea's performance in the Bronx on Friday evening was just as much exceptional as it was meaningful.

Manaea, winner of a 4-1 ballgame, wasn't even supposed to start the series opener against the Yankees. That task was for Kendall Graveman, who was scratched with shoulder soreness, the same injury that put him on the disabled list in April. Graveman is expected to go on the DL again soon. So is Jesse Hahn.

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Save 50 percent on MLB.TV this weekend

Yearly, single-team subscriptions are half off until Monday night

Save 50 percent on MLB.TV this weekend

MLB.TV will be offering 50 percent off subscriptions throughout Memorial Day weekend. MLB.TV Premium, with nearly two dozen features for subscribers to access and interact with live out-of-market Major League Baseball games at 60 frames per second on any of the more than 400 supported devices, is on sale for just $56.49. MLB.TV Single Team subscriptions are also available, on sale for $43.74.

Marlins center fielder Christian Yelich can attest to the value of MLB.TV to displaced military families. His brother Cameron has been able to follow games that way.

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Graveman scratched, likely headed to DL

A's reshuffle rotation with righty dealing with sore shoulder, Hahn with triceps injury

Graveman scratched, likely headed to DL

NEW YORK -- A's right-hander Kendall Graveman was scratched from his scheduled start in New York on Friday, and he is likely headed to the disabled list with shoulder soreness.

An injury-riddled A's rotation is also expected to lose Jesse Hahn to the DL with a triceps issue. Lefty Sean Manaea pitched on regular rest in Graveman's place in Friday's series opener, and right-hander Jharel Cotton came into town to start Saturday.

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Rookie Cotton tries to contain Yankees

Rookie Cotton tries to contain Yankees

After winning consecutive starts for the first time this season, Yankees left-hander CC Sabathia (4-2) will look to carry his recent success into Saturday's game against the Athletics at Yankee Stadium.

To make it three straight wins, Sabathia will have to silence an A's lineup that has a knack for hitting home runs. Oakland's starter, rookie right-hander Jharel Cotton (3-4), will face a similarly powerful Yankees lineup.

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Gossett takes next turn for Nashville

Gossett takes next turn for Nashville

Here's a look at top prospects to watch in today's Minor League action:

Hitter to watch: Clint Frazier (Yankees' No. 2), Scranton/Wilkes-Barre vs. Toledo (7:05 p.m. ET on MiLB.TV)

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Rosales' wild slide into third base

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Rosales' wild slide into third base

Adam Rosales only knows one way to play this game we all love -- very hard, with maximum effort. It doesn't matter whether he's sprinting around the basepaths after a homer or, as displayed in the A's 4-1 win over the Yankees on Friday night, scampering to third on an errant pickoff throw to first.

With the game scoreless, Rosales found himself on first base after an eighth-inning single. Knowing that every little moment matters that much more when you're trying to push across the game's elusive first run, Rosales took off after reliever Tyler Clippard's pickoff attempt skipped down the first-base line.  

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Inbox: Should the A's promote Barreto?

Beat reporter Jane Lee answers fans' questions

Inbox: Should the A's promote Barreto?

When will the A's promote Franklin Barreto and Matt Chapman to the Majors? What are we saving by keeping them in the Minors if it's more than likely they're gone in three years?
-- Jaden D., Yuba City, Calif.

The A's have said they won't rush Barreto and Chapman, who are rated the club's Nos. 1 and 4 prospects, respectively, by MLBPipeline.com, until they're absolutely ready to join the big leagues permanently. But it's getting harder to ignore Barreto's performance at Triple-A Nashville while Oakland fights its way to .500, bringing heightened urgency to this question. In 42 games with the Sounds, Barreto is batting .313 with six homers and 27 RBIs. Still, my guess is July, at least for Barreto, and only when the A's have dealt impending free agent Jed Lowrie to a contending club.

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Relaxed, 'healthy' Gray finding groove

Oakland ace fans 11, sets season high in win over Miami

Relaxed, 'healthy' Gray finding groove

OAKLAND -- About two hours before Wednesday's first pitch against Miami, Sonny Gray set the mood in the A's clubhouse with some soothing zen music while someone else dimmed the lights.

Don't expect him to stop that pregame ritual any time soon.

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Lowrie, Krush lead A's as Gray K's 11

Lowrie, Krush lead A's as Gray K's 11

OAKLAND -- Hitting with two outs was not an issue for Jed Lowrie on Wednesday afternoon. The second baseman matched a career high with four hits, all with two outs, and he drove in a pair of runs in the A's 4-1 victory over the Marlins at Oakland Coliseum.

Lowrie's double off Edinson Volquez in the first inning extended the frame and set up Khris Davis' two-run homer. The A's, behind Sonny Gray's 11 strikeouts in seven innings, never looked back.

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Wahl placed on 10-day DL; Neal recalled

Hahn, Alonso healing; Doolittle progressing in rehab

Wahl placed on 10-day DL; Neal recalled

OAKLAND -- The A's just can't seem to shake their injury bug.

Right-handed reliever Bobby Wahl was placed on the 10-day disabled list before Wednesday's contest against Miami, while righty Zach Neal was recalled from Triple-A Nashville to take his spot in the bullpen. Though the A's announced Wahl's injury as a right shoulder strain, manager Bob Melvin characterized it as shoulder soreness and biceps tendinitis that had been lingering for a while.

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Holmes spins gem for Midland

Holmes spins gem for Midland

The Atlanta Braves' decision to assign Ian Anderson to Class A Rome this season had as much to do with his makeup as it did his pure stuff, as they believed he possessed the aptitude needed to overcome struggles and make adjustments against advanced competition.

The Braves' No. 6 prospect did exactly that on Thursday night against Augusta, as he rebounded from what had been a shaky month of May to set a career high with 11 strikeouts over six scoreless innings in his best professional start.

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A's chip at Miami lead, but can't close gap

A's chip at Miami lead, but can't close gap

OAKLAND -- The revamped Marlins' lineup had production up and down the order Tuesday night. No. 2 hitterGiancarlo Stanton had three singles and an RBI, Ichiro Suzuki had a two-run single and Justin Bour  collected four hits, including a home run in the a 11-9 win over the A's.

The Marlins established season highs for hits (19) and runs, and still had to hang on after the A's made things interesting with three runs in the ninth off closer A.J. Ramos.

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Hahn exits in third inning with triceps strain

A's right-hander feels tightness as velocity drops

Hahn exits in third inning with triceps strain

OAKLAND -- A's right-hander Jesse Hahn exited in the top of the third inning of Tuesday's 11-9 loss to the Marlins with a strain in his right triceps.

After Hahn gave up a leadoff single to Christian Yelich and went to a 2-1 count against Marcell Ozuna, A's manager Bob Melvin and head trainer Nick Paparesta came out for a brief visit before Hahn left the mound.

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Alonso day to day after HBP to wrist

X-rays on A's first baseman are negative

Alonso day to day after HBP to wrist

OAKLAND -- Slugging A's first baseman Yonder Alonso was removed from Tuesday night's 11-9 loss to the Marlins, shortly after being hit in the right wrist by a pitch in the sixth inning. Alonso sustained contusions to his right hand and wrist, but X-rays were clean and he is considered to be day to day.

"I've got to see how it feels throughout the night and, obviously, in the morning," Alonso said. "I think we got very lucky. It got me right on the wrist and a little bit on the hand as well. Just have to see how it is moving forward."

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Bassitt has soreness in rehabbing elbow

A's giving righty extra rest before next Triple-A start

Bassitt has soreness in rehabbing elbow

OAKLAND -- Rehabbing right-hander Chris Bassitt said he is experiencing soreness between starts as he recovers from Tommy John surgery he underwent in May 2016. Bassitt made a start for Triple-A Nashville on Saturday in Sacramento, and has rejoined the A's briefly in Oakland as he gets some extra rest.

"Just kind of at a bump in the road where I'm not recovering between starts as well," Bassitt said. "But everything is going well. Just normal rehab stuff where it's taking time. We're kind of at a point where there's no reason to push anything. Now we can go into the next start feeling at 100 percent instead of 80 percent, kind of thing. I'm 12 months out, so there's no reason to push anything."

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Chapman homers in third straight

Chapman homers in third straight

After Double-A Erie was forced to use six pitchers during Monday's 14-13 loss against Harrisburg, the SeaWolves desperately needed a big performance out of starter Myles Jaye on Tuesday.

The Tigers' No. 15 prospect delivered, tossing six scoreless innings and setting a career high with 11 strikeouts before Erie walked it off in the ninth against the Senators to win, 2-1.

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Players hit the links for annual charity event

A's Community Fund unites players past and present for local causes

Players hit the links for annual charity event

DANVILLE, Calif. -- A little off-day at the links never hurt anyone.

On Monday, a group of current and former A's players joined members of the front office, team broadcasters, season-ticket holders and fans at the 35th Annual Oakland A's Community Fund Golf Classic.

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Gossett spins eight scoreless for Nashville

Gossett spins eight scoreless for Nashville

After showing flashes of dominance during his first four starts, left-hander Cionel Perez put it all together on Monday for Class A Quad Cities with an unhittable performance.

The Astros' No. 16 prospect was electric in his best professional start, tossing seven hitless frames with 10 strikeouts, both career highs, as Quad Cities defeated Peoria, 5-1. He issued one walk en route to facing one over the minimum, while throwing 54 of his 87 pitches for strikes.

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Pinder homers again, but A's fall to Sox in finale

Pinder homers again, but A's fall to Sox in finale

OAKLAND -- Lefty Eduardo Rodriguez helped the Red Sox avoid a four-game series sweep at the hands of the A's, matching his career high with eight innings pitched as the offense went to work in a 12-3 victory at the Coliseum on Sunday afternoon.

Rodriguez allowed three runs on six hits, including Chad Pinder's second homer in as many days, a two-run shot in the fourth inning. Pinder also doubled in the second, scoring on Josh Phegley's base hit. After Pinder's homer, though, Rodriguez retired 10 straight batters and 14 of his final 15. He fanned eight, issuing only one walk.

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Olson makes Pipeline Team of the Week

Olson makes Pipeline Team of the Week

MLBPipeline.com's Prospect Team of the Week honors the best performances in the Minor Leagues from the previous seven days. Any player on an organization Top 30 Prospects list on our Prospect Watch is eligible.

This week's Prospect Team of the Week features our first two repeat performers, an organization hitting the list for the first time and the youngest player to make the team so far this year.

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Olson enjoys perfect day for Nashville

Olson enjoys perfect day for Nashville

Scott Kingery has found his power stroke.

The Phillies' No. 11 prospect hit a pair of solo homers, in the seventh and ninth innings, as part of a 4-for-5 day, but it was not enough for Double-A Reading as the Fightin Phils fell 8-7 to New Hampshire.

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A's tee off with 4 HRs, win 3rd straight

A's tee off with 4 HRs, win 3rd straight

OAKLAND -- The A's powered their way to a third straight win over the Red Sox, launching a trio of moonshots against Boston's bullpen in a five-run fifth inning that carried them to a commanding 8-3 victory at the Coliseum on Saturday afternoon.

Mark Canha, responsible for Friday night's walk-off blast, ignited the power parade with a leadoff homer against right-hander Ben Taylor. The Statcast-estimated 453-foot blast, which tied the game, was the longest by an A's player this season -- until Chad Pinder sent a two-run shot 460 feet into the plaza reserve section off righty Noe Ramirez later in the inning. In between, Khris Davis belted his 13th homer of the season, a two-run, 429-foot shot off Taylor.

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Pinder power: Rookie rakes one 460 feet

A's slugger reaches Coliseum level few have before

Pinder power: Rookie rakes one 460 feet

OAKLAND -- Chad Pinder doesn't say much, and he doesn't have to. His bat is plenty loud.

On Saturday, the A's rookie sent a screaming shot where few before him have at the Coliseum, at least in the post-Mount Davis era. It even left manager Bob Melvin speechless: "I don't even know how to explain that."

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Following odd play, Melvin gets tossed

A's runner sent back to third after throw lands in Red Sox's bullpen

Following odd play, Melvin gets tossed

OAKLAND -- A's manager Bob Melvin was ejected in the second inning of Saturday's 8-3 win over the Red Sox at the Coliseum.

It initially appeared that Melvin took issue with an odd play that unfolded with one out in the inning, but he said after the game, "I had other issues."

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A's stun Red Sox on Canha's homer in 10th

A's stun Red Sox on Canha's homer in 10th

OAKLAND -- After Ryon Healy's would-be game-winning homer was robbed by Red Sox center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. in the ninth inning, Mark Canha belted a no-doubt walk-off shot to lead off the 10th, sending Oakland to a 3-2 victory at the Coliseum on Friday.

"I couldn't even tell you what pitch it was unless I saw the replay," said Canha, who launched a 2-0 slider to left field. "It just kind of popped out of his hand, and I saw it really well and put a good swing on it."

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Semien has cast taken off, eager to return

Semien has cast taken off, eager to return

OAKLAND -- Rehabbing A's shortstop Marcus Semien jet setted to Los Angeles and back Friday, returning without a cast on his surgically repaired right wrist.

Semien, who underwent a procedure to repair a fracture of the scaphoid bone April 18, was pleased to learn his CT scans showed immense healing. Cast-free, he'll ease into the next steps as he eventually readies for advanced baseball activity.

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