Nelson Cruz probably won't play Sunday after injuring a quad in extra innings Saturday.
That could open the door for Franklin Gutierrez or Jesus Montero to get a start against a right-hander.
Marcus Semien hit a two-run homer in the top of the 13th to help the A's beat the Mariners 7-5 on Saturday.
Well, Semien is going to end up finishing the season with more RBI (45) than errors (35), so that's a good thing. Since he's shown decent range at shortstop and he's been pretty decent offensively with no one on base, the A's will probably keep him around as a starter next year. Probably. He still has some fantasy upside, particularly if he can get his OBP up and establish himself as a top-of-the-order guy.
Sean Nolin allowed three runs over five innings Saturday in a no-decision against the A's.
Nolin's debut this year was delayed by shoulder problems, but he was healthy enough to get a chance last month and he ended up with a 5.28 ERA in six starts. Particularly unimpressive was his 15/12 K/BB ratio in 29 innings. Maybe he'll be stronger next year, but he probably won't be much of a threat to make the A's out of spring training.
Roenis Elias lasted just two-plus innings and gave up four runs Saturday against the A's.
He was lucky it wasn't worse, considering that he left the bases loaded with no outs in the third and just one runner came around to score. Elias ends the year with a 5-8 record and a 4.14 ERA in 20 starts and two relief appearances. He should be a perfectly acceptable fifth starter going forward, but the Mariners probably won't have him a job next spring.
Carson Smith got four outs for his 22nd hold before Tom Wilhelmsen blew a save Saturday against the A's.
The main reason Smith hasn't spent the last month closing is because the Mariners don't want to have to pay him big bucks in arbitration a couple of years down the line. He's recovered from his midseason malaise by going the last 18 2/3 innings without allowing an earned run (and just one unearned).