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Brandon Moss homered in his second consecutive game in Tuesday's loss to the Rangers.

Moss snapped a troubling 40-game homerless streak in Sunday's victory over the Mariners. Now he's gone deep in consecutive games, so hopefully we'll see him close the season at a pace closer to the 23 homers he bopped in the first 95 games. Moss is hitting .240 with 25 homers and 80 RBI.
Sep 17 - 1:12 AM

Scott Kazmir was punted around for six runs -- four earned -- on nine hits over 4 1/3 innings Tuesday in the A's 6-3 loss to the Rangers.

Kazmir got through the first three innings without a hitch, but things fell apart in the fourth, when Jake Smolinski's two-run homer kicked off a three-run frame. After three of the first four batters reached in the fifth inning, Bob Melvin had seen enough. This start continues a disturbing trend. Even coming off a complete game against the White Sox in which he allowed just one run, Kazmir had gone 0-3 with an 8.20 ERA over his last four starts. Many owners don't have a better option to replace him with, so hope for the best when Kazmir (3.44 ERA) hosts Philadelphia on Sunday.
Sep 17 - 1:11 AM

Drew Pomeranz will make a spot start on Saturday versus the Phillies.

He's filling in for Jason Hammel, who will be away to attend the birth of his child. Pomeranz has put up a 2.85 ERA in nine starts this season and isn't a bad streaming option this weekend.
Sep 16 - 8:05 PM

Jason Hammel will miss his scheduled start on Saturday in order to attend the birth of his child.

Drew Pomeranz will fill in against the Phillies. Hammel will rejoin the rotation next week.
Sep 16 - 8:04 PM

Stephen Vogt (ankle) took batting practice Tuesday.

It came after he did some running Monday, though he's yet to be cleared to run the bases. He's encouraged by how his sprained left ankle has responded and could be available to pinch-hit in a few days.
Sep 16 - 6:36 PM

Geovany Soto (back) said Tuesday that he's "good to go."

Soto left Friday's game due to back spasms but has apparently made the necessary progress in recent days. He's not starting Tuesday but will be available off the bench.
Sep 16 - 6:22 PM

Stephen Vogt (ankle) is unlikely to be ready to return for Tuesday's series opener against the Rangers.

Vogt has been able to take swings in the batting cages in recent days, but is still bothered too much by his sore ankle to run the bases at full strength. Even if he does return at some point next week, he is likely to play only sporadically which makes it difficult to trust him in weekly formats.
Sep 14 - 10:07 PM

Jon Lester threw six scoreless innings in the Athletics' 4-0 shutout of the Mariners Sunday.

Lester surrendered just four hits, all singles, and walked four in the game. He also struck out seven. The win moved Lester to 15-10 on the year, and he owns a 2.45 ERA, 1.10 WHIP and 206/46 K/BB ratio through 30 starts. It's the sixth time Lester has reached the 15-win plateau in his career. The 30-year-old will take the mound again Saturday in an interleague tilt with the Phillies.
Sep 14 - 8:33 PM

Brandon Moss hit his 24th home run of the season in Sunday's win over the Mariners.

Moss took Mariners starter Chris Young deep in the seventh inning. It broke a surprising 39-game homerless streak for Moss, whose last jack was July 24. Still in a pretty deep funk, the 30-year-old's line is down to .239/.333/.444 on the year.
Sep 14 - 8:24 PM

Sam Fuld went 2-for-3 with a home run, two RBI and two runs scored in Sunday's win over the Mariners.

Fuld, the second batter of the game, hit a solo shot off Mariners starter Chris Young to start the scoring. He added an RBI single in the eighth, scoring on an Adam Dunn single later in the inning. The 32-year-old remains a part-time player for the A's.
Sep 14 - 8:11 PM

Athletics manager Bob Melvin said Sunday that Derek Norris is playing through a slight hip issue.

Norris is a fierce competitor, as most catchers are, and continues to battle through the injury. He may need a day or two of rest down the stretch, but fantasy owners should still utilize the powerful backstop.
Sep 14 - 8:08 PM

Sean Doolittle threw a scoreless 10th inning for a save against the Mariners in his return from the disabled list Saturday.

Doolittle hadn't had a hitter take a swing off him in three weeks, but the A's threw him right back into the closer's role and he turned in an easy nine-pitch inning to finish a 3-2 victory, which evened the crucial series ahead of Sunday's finale. Jon Lester and Chris Young will go in that one.
Sep 14 - 1:01 AM

Sonny Gray pitched eight innings of two-run ball Saturday against the Mariners.

Gray held serve with Hernandez, even outlasting King Felix by an inning. It wasn't enough to get him a decision, but it helped the A's get a much-needed win in the 10th. Gray remains just 1-5 in his last nine starts, which is partly due to a decline in performance but also because the A's just aren't scoring runs.
Sep 14 - 12:58 AM

Eric Sogard went 3-for-4 with an RBI and a stolen base Saturday against the Mariners.

Sogard has regained the playing time he lost while hitting .186/.256/.218 during the first half of the season. He's at .294/.381/.373 in 102 at-bats since the All-Star break, so he's back playing full-time against righties now.
Sep 14 - 12:52 AM

Craig Gentry (concussion) rode a stationary bike without issue on Saturday afternoon.

Gentry has been sidelined since Tuesday after he collided with White Sox second baseman Carlos Sanchez. He rode a stationary bike Friday and felt dizziness, but everything is trending in the right direction now. The outfielder will have to clear some tests before resuming baseball activities.
Sep 13 - 9:03 PM


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