Player News - Athletics

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Daniel Mengden fired seven scoreless innings Wednesday in the Athletics' 3-2 win over the Tigers.

Mengden threw the first shutout of his career in his last start Friday against the Phillies and he kept that theme intact Wednesday afternoon at Comerica Park. Detroit's offense managed seven hits against him, but six of those were singles and Mengden struck out four batters while issuing zero walks. The 24-year-old right-hander will bring a shiny 3.30 ERA and 1.07 WHIP (covering 30 innings) into his next start at home against the Mariners. He'll have some definite fantasy streaming appeal in that one.
Sep 20 - 4:37 PM

Marcus Semien finished 2-for-5 with a home run and three RBI in the Athletics' defeat of the Tigers on Wednesday.

Semien hit an RBI double in the top of the third inning and a two-run homer in the top of the seventh, providing all of the meaningful offense for the A's in their eventual 3-2 victory at Comerica Park. It's been somewhat of a lost season for Semien, who missed chunks of April, June, and July with a fractured right wrist. He's batting .253/.335/.390 with seven home runs and 35 RBI in 75 games.
Sep 20 - 4:32 PM

Liam Hendriks earned his first career save on Wednesday afternoon against the Tigers.

Hendriks retired both batters he faced, one via strikeout, to close out a scary ninth inning for Oakland. Ryan Dull threatened to give the game away, yielding two runs on a walk and two hits before getting lifted. Hendriks has been excellent since mid-August, but we wouldn't count on the 28-year-old right-hander for any more saves here in 2017.
Sep 20 - 4:24 PM

Jed Lowrie went 3-for-5 with a grand slam and an RBI double to lead the A's past the Tigers 9-8 on Tuesday.

Lowrie's grand slam came off Alex Wilson in the eighth, giving the A's the one-run lead. Those were the final runs of the night. It was Lowrie's 14th homer, leaving him two short of his career. He added to his career high in doubles with his 47th tonight.
Sep 19 - 11:49 PM

Daniel Gossett was pounded for six runs in 4 2/3 innings by the Tigers on Tuesday.

Gossett gave up homers to Ian Kinsler and Alex Presley tonight, bringing his season total to 16 allowed in 85 1/3 innings. He has adequate strikeout and walk rates, but the homers have left him with a 5.38 ERA after 16 starts.
Sep 19 - 11:47 PM

Marcus Semien is getting the night off Tuesday.

Semien went 2-for-5 with three runs scored in Monday night's win, but Franklin Barreto will get a start at shortstop and bat leadoff for the Athletics on Tuesday versus Tigers left-hander Chad Bell.
Sep 19 - 4:49 PM

Khris Davis went 2-for-5 with a pair of singles in his return to the starting lineup Monday versus the Tigers.

Davis left the team late last week due to be present for the birth of his son. The 29-year-old is one homer shy of reaching 40 for the second straight season.
Sep 19 - 8:50 AM

Matt Olson hit yet another homer in the Athletics' 8-3 win over the Tigers on Monday.

It was a two-run shot in the top of the third inning off Tigers starter Buck Farmer. Olson now has a whopping 18 home runs and 33 RBI over his last 31 games and he boasts a terrific 1.023 OPS for the season. The rookie first baseman also drew two walks Monday night in Detroit, finishing 1-for-3 with two RBI and two runs scored.
Sep 18 - 11:08 PM

Jed Lowrie drew two walks and drove in three runs Monday in the Athletics' defeat of the Tigers.

Lowrie set the tone for the night with an RBI double in the top of the first inning -- the 46th double of the season for the 33-year-old second baseman. He then added a run-scoring sac fly in the top of the third and drew a bases-loaded walk in the top of the fourth. Lowrie has been scorching hot in September and now holds an .808 OPS for the year.
Sep 18 - 11:04 PM

Raul Alcantara worked 3 2/3 scoreless innings in an emergency start Monday versus the Tigers.

Alcantara was called into action after Jharel Cotton suffered a groin injury during pregame warmups. The 24-year-old right-hander held Detroit to two hits and one walk before getting lifted in the bottom of the fourth. Oakland went on to win 8-3, with Alcantara taking a no-decision after the commendable but abbreviated effort.
Sep 18 - 10:56 PM

Jharel Cotton was scratched from Monday's start against the Tigers due to a right groin strain.

Cotton tweaked his groin during warm-ups, forcing Raul Alcantara to start instead. It's unclear at this point when Cotton might be ready to start again, but the A's should have more on his status later Monday.
Sep 18 - 7:37 PM

Jharel Cotton was a late scratch from Monday's scheduled start versus the Tigers.

The A's have yet to reveal a reason for why Cotton won't make the start, but they should do so soon. Raul Alcantara will get the start instead in what will be a "bullpen game" for Oakland.
Sep 18 - 7:10 PM

Joey Wendle hit his first career grand slam on Sunday in a victory over Philadelphia.

It was the only hit on the day for Wendle, but when your only hit is a grand slam, you're having a good day. The bomb came off of Philadelphia reliever Edubray Ramos with two outs in the sixth to put Oakland out in front for good. In very limited time, Wendle has posted a .333/.400/.778 line. No, it's not sustainable.
Sep 17 - 5:57 PM

Blake Treinen pitched a scoreless ninth inning to pick up his eighth save of the year in a win over Philadelphia.

Treinen didn't allow a hit, and he struck out one with one walk being his only blemish. Since coming over from Washington, the right-hander has been a quality addition to the bullpen, posting a 2.70 ERA with 34 strikeouts in his 30 innings with the Athletics.
Sep 17 - 5:54 PM

Sean Manaea got the win on Sunday while allowing one earned run in a victory over Philadelphia on Sunday.

Manaea gave up three runs overall, but only one was earned. He walked two, and struck out four. A so-so start for a pitcher that has been very much so-so in 2017. There's still big upside in his left arm, but the command is going to have to make significant improvement for him to reach his ceiling. His next start will be Saturday when Texas travels to Oakland.
Sep 17 - 5:51 PM


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