Athletics placed LHP Sean Doolittle (shoulder) on the 15-day disabled list.
You could see the writing on the wall after Doolittle missed fielding practice on Saturday. His velocity was way down Wednesday and it's clear he's still battling a nagging shoulder injury. Oakland recalled RHP Angel Castro from Triple-A Nashville in the corresponding roster move.
Brian Dozier delivered a go-ahead RBI triple in Saturday's 3-2 win over the Blue Jays.
With the score tied in the bottom of the seventh, Dozier drove a ball to the right-center field gap and Ezequiel Carrera came up empty-handed while attempting a diving catch, which allowed Aaron Hicks to score the go-ahead. Dozier finished the day 1-for-4 and is batting .247/.325/.500 with nine home runs, 25 RBI, and three stolen bases over 47 games this season. He's not stealing as many bases as fantasy owners expected, but the added power is making up for it.
Blaine Boyer tossed a perfect ninth inning Saturday against the Blue Jays for his first save of the season.
Boyer was filling in for Glen Perkins, who had thrown in three out of the last four days and took the loss in a rare shaky outing on Friday. This was just the third save of Boyer's career. The 33-year-old has a 2.19 ERA and 10/6 K/BB ratio over 24 2/3 innings this season. The Twins are 19-7 this month, tops in the American League.
Kyle Gibson was handed a no-decision Saturday after allowing two runs (one earned) over 5 2/3 innings against the Blue Jays.
The first run scored on a solo homer by Kevin Pillar in the fourth inning, but the Blue Jays tied the game in the sixth inning thanks to a throwing error by catcher Chris Herrmann. Gibson gave up eight hits and four walks, so the Blue Jays had plenty of chances, but he managed to minimize the damage by inducing three double plays. The 27-year-old owns a 2.61 ERA through 10 starts this season, but with the lack of strikeouts, we're skeptical about his ability to maintain it.
Aaron Sanchez allowed two runs in six innings Saturday in a no-decision against the Twins.
Sanchez gave up seven hits (including a solo homer to Chris Herrmann) and three walks while striking out five batters. After failing to complete six innings in each of his first five starts, he has gone at least six innings in four out of his last five starts. The control has been a little better recently, but it's still shaky. He has a 39/37 K/BB ratio over 58 innings this season.
Chris Herrmann slugged a solo home run Saturday against the Blue Jays.
It was his first home run since August 30, 2013. He had gone 157 at-bats without one. Herrmann is batting .171/.227/.317 over 15 games as Kurt Suzuki's backup this season.
Kevin Pillar hit a solo homer and drew a walk Saturday against the Twins.
It was his second home run of the season and his first since way back on April 12. Pillar is hitting just .184 this month, but he has now hit safely in three straight games. Perhaps he's finally snapping out of it.
Sean Doolittle did not participate in Saturday's fielding practice and could be headed back to the disabled list.
Doolittle looked uncomfortable playing catch Friday and topped out at 89 mph Wednesday in his return from the disabled list. The rotator cuff injury that kept him out for the first eight weeks of the season might still be bothering him. Tyler Clippard will remain the closer while Doolittle works through his injury.