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Raul Alcantara was lit up for four homers and five runs in two-plus innings by the Mariners on Friday.

At least in a starting role, Alcantara's stuff isn't good enough to retire major league hitters consistently. Maybe if his fastball picks up in relief, he'll prove moderately useful. He finished his September rotation audition 1-3 with a 7.24 ERA and nine homers allowed in 22 1/3 innings.
Oct 1 - 1:19 AM

Danny Valencia (neck) was scratched from the Athletics starting lineup on Friday.

The issue is believed to be minor, but there's no real reason to push him at this point. Matt Olson will take his place in the lineup and bat ninth against Taijuan Walker and the Mariners on Friday.
Sep 30 - 7:44 PM

In addition to surgery on his left foot, Jed Lowrie also recently had an operation for a deviated septum.

"I didn’t think anything of it, and then I saw an ear, nose and throat specialist and it turns out it wasn’t just a deviated septum, there were also two bone spurs," Lowrie said. "My sleep had been messed up for a long time, I realized." The additional surgery doesn't change Lowrie's rehab schedule. He's expected to be ready to go for spring training.
Sep 30 - 10:29 AM

Chad Pinder went 1-for-2 with a solo home run in Thursday's loss to the Mariners.

Pinder whacked a solo home run off Ariel Miranda in the sixth inning. That knotted the score at 1-1, but the Mariners would score solitary runs in the seventh and eighth inning to jump ahead before hanging on for the 3-2 win. In limited action covering 49 at-bats this season, the 24-year-old Pinder owns a .224/.250/.367 triple-slash. Thursday's home run was his first career dinger at the big league level.
Sep 30 - 1:14 AM

Kendall Graveman handcuffed the Mariners in Thursday's no-decision, yielding one run on seven hits over 5 2/3 innings.

Graveman struck out six and walked one on the evening. He coughed up an RBI single to Leonys Martin in the fourth inning, but otherwise kept the Mariners at bay over his 5 2/3 innings of work. This was something of a rebound start for Graveman, who had cratered over his last three outings. He entered Thursday's action having allowed 15 runs on 23 hits in his previous 17 1/3 innings. For the season as a whole, he finishes out the owner of a 4.11 ERA, 1.31 WHIP and 108/47 K/BB ratio over 186 innings.
Sep 30 - 1:08 AM

In his return from the disabled list, Sonny Gray pitched a scoreless inning Wednesday against the Angels.

That's all that was expected of him tonight. Gray didn't have any problems afterwards, which has to make him feel a little better going into the offseason. Still, his trade value is way down from where it was a year ago.
Sep 29 - 2:28 AM

Marcus Semien hit his 27th homer Wednesday against the Angels.

It was a three-run shot, giving him 73 RBI. Last year, Semien struggled mightily went men on base and had just 45 RBI despite hitting 15 homers and playing in 155 games. This year, he hasn't been any better offensively according to his rate starts (his OBP is down while his homers are up), but that he is much improved with men on has made him more valuable.
Sep 29 - 2:26 AM

Athletics activated RHP Sonny Gray from the 15-day disabled list.

Gray will start for the Athletics on Wednesday night against the Angels, though the outing is only expected to last an inning or two. He had been sidelined since early August with inflammation in his right forearm. This is simply about establishing his return to full health heading into the offseason (and then of course 2017). Gray will be eligible for salary arbitration for the first time in his career over the winter. He's sitting on a disappointing 5.74 ERA through 116 innings.
Sep 28 - 1:01 PM

Ryon Healy went 3-for-4 with an RBI double in Tuesday's loss to the Angels.

Healy was more or less the entire offense for the A's in this one. No other Athletics batter had more than one hit and as a team, they finished with six knocks -- half of which belonged to Healy. His sixth inning RBI double off Ricky Nolasco drove in the team's lone run of the game. This was his second three-hit effort in his last three games. Overall, he is slashing a sturdy .309/.341/.526 with 12 homers and 34 RBI over 249 at-bats.
Sep 28 - 12:57 AM

Daniel Mengden was demolished in Tuesday's loss to the Angels, yielding eight runs on nine hits over three-plus innings.

Mengden surrendered one run in the first inning. The fourth would prove considerably worse. That is when the seven other runs on his line touched home, the key blow coming via a grand slam by Jefry Marte. Alas, Mengden will have no further chances for redemption this season, as Tuesday's outing served as his final start of 2016. The 23-year-old right-hander has mostly struggled in his first season in the bigs, pitching to a 6.50 ERA, 1.61 WHIP and 71/33 K/BB ratio over 72 innings.
Sep 28 - 12:45 AM

Sean Manaea held the Angels to one run and four hits over seven innings in a no-decision Monday.

It's the first run he's allowed in three starts this month. Not a lot has gone right for the A's this year, but it's great that Manaea has stayed healthy. If that continues, he should be a top-of-the-rotation guy next year.
Sep 27 - 2:56 AM

Joe Wendle went 0-for-4 as Oakland's leadoff man in Monday's loss to the Angels.

The A's have tons of at-bats available for Wendle, Brett Eibner and two guys very likely to be let go in October in Danny Valencia and Yonder Alonso, but they can't find a single start for Arismendy Alcantara somehow. Wendle is hitting .260 since getting the call on Aug. 31, but that comes with just one extra-base hit and five walks in 77 at-bats. At best, he'll be an adequate platoon second baseman while he's cheap.
Sep 27 - 2:54 AM

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.
Sep 25 - 6:40 PM

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.
Sep 25 - 6:40 PM

Sonny Gray (forearm) will start on Wednesday against the Angels.

Gray has been on the shelf since early August with inflammation in his right forearm, but he's been throwing off a mound for a couple weeks and is ready to test things out in a game. He's expected to go only 1-2 innings in the outing and can be safely avoided in fantasy leagues for the final week.
Sep 25 - 2:06 PM


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