Ryon Healy clobbered another home run on Sunday as the Athletics routed the Rangers 7-1 in Oakland.
All of the damage came during a seven-run uprising in the second inning, which Healy capped off with a two-run homer to chase Colby Lewis from the game. He has really opened some eyes during his time with the big league club, slashing .303/.336/.519 with 12 homers and 33 RBI in 241 at-bats. He has likely played his way into a role as the club's starting third baseman heading into 2017.
Jharel Cotton earned his second victory of the season on Sunday, firing seven impressive innings of one-run baseball against the Rangers.
Cotton punched out five on the afternoon and didn't issue a free pass. The only blemish on his day was a solo homer off the bat of Adrian Beltre in the seventh inning. The rookie right-hander has been tremendous in his limited time with the A's, compiling a 1.44 ERA, 0.68 WHIP and 16/3 K/BB ratio over 25 innings. He's worth a look in all formats for his final start of the season on Saturday against the Mariners in Seattle.
Adrian Beltre clubbed his 32nd home run of the season as the Rangers fell to the Athletics on Sunday afternoon in Oakland.
Beltre's solo shot in the seventh inning was the extent of his club's offense in the ballgame. He also singled in the ballgame, finishing the day 2-for-3. The 37-year-old is in the midst of another outstanding season, slashing .300/.359/.523 with 32 home runs and 101 RBI.
Colby Lewis was annihilated in Sunday's loss to the Athletics, surrendering seven runs on seven hits in just 1 1/3 innings.
The right-hander also walked one in the abbreviated outing. All of the damage came after working a scoreless first inning, with the final dagger coming on a two-run blast off the bat of Ryon Healy. The Rangers had hoped to get Lewis right down the stretch in preparation to use him in the playoff rotation, but he has been a disaster since his return from the disabled list. He'll take his final turn of the regular season on Saturday against the Rays.
Bryce Harper is listed as day-to-day due to soreness in his left thumb.
The Nationals don't believe that his injury is serious, but he'll head for precautionary X-rays on Monday to make sure. Harper sustained his injury during Sunday's game when he slid awkwardly into third base after Jung Ho Kang faked a tag.