The A’s are set to return to Oakland on Monday for a seven-game homestand that will bring about a second round of September callups on Tuesday. With Triple-A Nashville’s season ending Monday, an additional wave of players will join the A’s, chief among them Renato Nunez.
Rookie Parker Bridwell will look to rebound from his worst outing of the season on Monday when he takes on the A’s in their series opener against the Angels at the Coliseum. Bridwell will start opposite Chris Smith, who is still searching for his first win of the year for Oakland.
The Mariners will send veteran Yovani Gallardo to the mound for Saturday’s matchup with the A’s at Safeco Field, as they continue their push for an American League Wild Card spot. Oakland will counter with rookie right-hander Jharel Cotton.
Even the hometown fans celebrated the A’s lone run of the night in Anaheim on Monday. That’s because many of them were there to see Oakland catcher and Los Angeles product Dustin Garneau, who launched his first home run in green and gold in the A’s 3-1 series-opening loss.
The Athletics, riding a big day from the bottom of their lineup, completed a three-game sweep of the Rangers with an 8-3 victory.
Chad Pinder (aka ‘Chi’ for Players Weekend) hit two home runs for only the second time in his young career, and the last-place Athletics knocked off the Rangers for the second straight game with an 8-3 victory on Saturday afternoon at the Coliseum.
Franklin Barreto’s hot streak continued on Friday as the Athletics’ top prospect led Triple-A Nashville to a 6-5 win over Round Rock in 11 innings.
Two left-handed pitchers trending in opposite directions will face off in Oakland Saturday afternoon as the Rangers take on the A’s. Texas’ Cole Hamels (aka “Hollywood”) will face Sean Manaea (aka “Da Kid”) in the second game of Players Weekend.
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The Rangers will continue their hunt for an American League Wild Card spot in Oakland on Friday, with right-hander A.J. Griffin set to start against his former team as Players Weekend kicks off around the league.
Red-hot Ryon Healy homered twice to lead a solid Oakland offensive attack in Tuesday’s 6-4, series-evening win over the Orioles.