Bob Melvin won his 500th game with the A’s, as Oakland rolled to a 7-4 series-opening victory over the Mariners on Thursday, helped by the first win for rookie right-hander Paul Blackburn and a three-run homer by Khris Davis.
A two-homer helping from Yonder Alonso helped carry Oakland to a 7-6 victory over the White Sox on Tuesday afternoon. The A’s, who had dropped each of their previous six games, needed the boost just as much as Alonso did.
Right-handers James Shields and Daniel Gossett will face off for the second time in 11 days as the White Sox and A’s play a Fourth of July matinee game Tuesday in Oakland.
White Sox left-hander Carlos Rodon (0-1, 0.00 ERA) had a wild season debut — literally. Now, he’ll look to resettle and earn his first victory of the season as he kicks off a three-game road set against Jharel Cotton (5-7, 5.02 ERA) and the Oakland Athletics at the Oakland Coliseum.
Yonder Alonso is homeward bound. Oakland’s first baseman will return to Miami next week as an All-Star, and the celebration in his adopted hometown will surely be grand.
The Braves capitalized on Oakland miscues to beat the A’s, 4-3, Saturday afternoon and take the series at the Coliseum.
While the buzz in Oakland Friday night was about Braves starter Mike Foltynewicz’s no-hit bid, A’s starter Sonny Gray had quite the start himself.
A’s rookie third baseman Matt Chapman fielded grounders and took swings during batting practice Friday afternoon. Chapman, Oakland’s No. 4 prospect, per MLBPipeline.com, has been out since June 19 with a left knee infection.
Lefty A.J. Puk, ranked by MLBPipeline.com as Oakland’s No. 2 prospect, was selected on Thursday to represent the organization at the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game.
A’s right-hander Jharel Cotton won’t start Thursday, as originally planned. Instead, Oakland will send righty Daniel Gossett to the mound for the series finale in Houston, allowing Cotton extra time for his right thumb blister to heal.
His last time out, on Thursday, Oakland righty Jesse Hahn was pounded by Houston’s power-laden offense to the tune of a season-high 10 runs in two innings. He will get another crack on Wednesday at the American League West-leading Astros, who send rookie David Paulino to the hill.