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.
Adam Jones homered twice and matched a career high with four hits, leading the Orioles to a 7-3, series-opening win over the Athletics on Monday night.
Being in different divisions, Oakland and Baltimore meet only twice a year. But A’s outfielder Matt Joyce admires the Orioles, who occupy third place in the rugged American League East.
Rookie center fielder Boog Powell sparked Oakland’s offense and rookie right-hander Jharel Cotton pitched 6 2/3 strong innings, helping the A’s deny the AL West-leading Astros a three-game sweep with a 3-2 win Sunday at Minute Maid Park.