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Jesse Chavez kept the Twins largely under wraps Tuesday, allowing only an unearned run over 7 1/3 innings in the Athletics' 2-1 victory.

Chavez gave the Twins nothing all night, surrendering only four singles and one walk in the outing. He struck out seven on the evening. Things got a little dicey -- an error led to a run and Tyler Clippard had to work out of a jam in the eighth inning to retain the lead -- but the A's held on to give Chavez his first win. He'll try to keep his strong start to the season going Sunday at the Mariners.
May 6 - 12:14 AM

Tyler Clippard was asked to get five outs Tuesday, working 1 2/3 innings to earn the save against the Twins.

The Twins pushed across a run in the eighth inning and were threatening to tie the game with runners on first and third with one out, but Clippard struck out Torii Hunter and got Joe Mauer to fly out to end the threat. He worked a perfect ninth inning to secure the victory. Clippard has been shaky at points but owns a nice 2.25 ERA and 1.08 WHIP on the year.
May 6 - 12:07 AM

Billy Butler went 2-for-4 with an RBI single in Tuesday's win over the Twins.

Butler broke out of a slump with the two-hit night, as he'd had just three hits in his previous 40 at-bats coming into the game. The RBI single in the first inning gave Butler 13 RBI on the season to go with a .267/.325/.400 line on the year.
May 6 - 12:01 AM

Billy Burns went 2-for-5 with a run scored and a stolen base in a win over the Twins on Tuesday.

Burns had five steals at Triple-A Nashville prior to being recalled, and he recorded his first theft in his fourth game Tuesday. It was his third multi-hit performance in those four games and he's got at least one hit in all four, raising his average to .368 in an admittedly small sample.
May 5 - 11:52 PM

Coco Crisp (elbow) is undergoing treatment for his elbow on Tuesday and the team will make a decision on his return date come Wednesday.

Crisp could return as early as this week. Manager Bob Melvin said that the decision will be made on Wednesday. Crisp's been rehabbing at High-A as he recovers from early April elbow surgery. Don't be surprised if you see him in the lineup for the team's weekend series against the Mariners.
May 5 - 6:20 PM

Coco Crisp (elbow) went 1-for-5 with a double Monday in his second minor league rehab game with High-A Stockton.

The original plan called for Crisp to rest Tuesday before being reevaluated. He could join the A's later this week. The veteran outfielder has been sidelined since right elbow surgery on April 3.
May 5 - 8:25 AM

Jesse Hahn was hammered by the Twins, giving up six runs in five-plus innings en route to a loss on Monday.

Hahn was slipping nothing by a normally-weak Twins lineup. The right-hander allowed 10 hits, walked none, and struck out five in the effort. The Twins countered the Athletics' four-run first inning with a four-run second inning. Hahn contributed to a four-run sixth as well, departing in the middle of the onslaught. The right-hander has a mediocre 4.33 ERA, 1.15 WHIP, and 16/4 K/BB ratio in 27 innings. He'll look to rebound in his next start in Seattle against the Mariners.
May 4 - 11:34 PM

Mark Canha belted his fourth home run of the season in a losing effort against the Twins on Monday.

Canha, who finished 1-for-4, took Phil Hughes out to left field with the bases empty in the sixth inning, breaking a 4-4 tie. The outfielder has picked things up at the plate after cooling off a bit, now registering at least one hit in five consecutive games. He's batting .284/.348/.469 with 14 RBI on the year.
May 4 - 11:31 PM

Stephen Vogt finished 3-for-5 with a grand slam and an RBI double in Monday's loss versus the Twins.

Vogt sent the A's up 4-0 early with a first-inning grand slam off of Phil Hughes. He added an RBI double in the ninth in an attempt to help his team stage a comeback, but it fell short. Vogt homered twice and knocked in four runs on Sunday, continuing what has been a highly productive season. He's batting .372/.462/.718 with seven home runs and 25 RBI on the season.
May 4 - 11:25 PM

A.J. Griffin (elbow) is close to beginning a rehab assignment.

Griffin is a tad behind fellow Tommy John rehabber Jarrod Parker, but his recovery is also moving along nicely. The righty threw another simulated game over the weekend and is nearly ready to test things out in real game action. He'll likely need all 30 of his allotted rehab days.
May 4 - 6:40 PM

Nate Freiman (back) will begin a rehab assignment at Triple-A Nashville on Monday.

It's not clear how many rehab games he'll need, but Freiman isn't a given to be added to be big league roster once ready. He's missed the last two months with a lumbar muscle strain.
May 4 - 6:36 PM

Sean Doolittle (shoulder) will face hitters on May 11.

He'll throw two more bullpen sessions prior to that. Doolittle's recovery from a slight tear in his rotator cuff is coming along nicely and he could conceivably rejoin the Athletics' bullpen later this month. He figures to be eased back into closing duties.
May 4 - 6:34 PM

An MRI on Eric O'Flaherty's left shoulder showed only inflammation.

He'll be shut down until he regains all of the range of motion in his shoulder, but the good news is he's not dealing with any structural damage. O'Flaherty holds an 11.57 ERA and 2.29 WHIP over seven innings this season.
May 4 - 6:32 PM

Ben Zobrist (knee) has begun playing catch.

Zobrist is already itching to get back, though he's not expected to be fully ready until sometime in early-to-mid June. He rode a stationary bike for 20 minutes the day after his April 28 arthroscopic knee surgery.
May 4 - 1:01 PM

Jarrod Parker (elbow) allowed three earned runs over 4 1/3 innings Sunday in a rehab start at Triple-A Nashville.

Parker walked one and struck out four. It was the third rehab outing for the 26-year-old right-hander, who underwent the second Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery of his career last March. He should become an option for the A's starting rotation later this month.
May 4 - 12:57 PM


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