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CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that Joe Blanton has not officially retired.

Blanton left the Athletics' Triple-A team after two outings, but he hasn't decided whether he'll give up baseball for good. Regardless, the Angels will pay him the $9.5 million remaining on his contract. The 33-year-old owns an 85-89 record and 4.51 ERA in the majors.
Apr 17 - 4:13 PM

Coco Crisp drew a walk and stole a base as a pinch-hitter Wednesday night against the Angels.

Crisp was out of the starting lineup for a third straight game because of lingering tightness in his hamstring. The A's are off Thursday, so he should be ready to return to his starting center field role on Friday.
Apr 17 - 8:46 AM

Luke Gregerson blew his second save of the season by coughing up a ninth inning run Wednesday in a loss to the Angels.

Nursing a 4-3 lead, Gregerson was brought on to finish things out against the top of Los Angeles' lineup. He didn't have trouble with J.B. Shuck, but consecutive singles put Mike Trout on third and Albert Pujols on first. Howie Kendrick's fielder's choice tied the game before Gregerson was able to escape. Gregerson and Sean Doolittle, the committee appointed to replace Jim Johnson, have both blown saves in the past few days, and Johnson is pitching well again, so one wonders if Bob Melvin is going to get the $10 million man back into the ninth inning the next time Oakland has a save opportunity. It isn't like Gregerson has been bad or anything. He owns a 1.86 ERA and 0.83 WHIP and hadn't given up a run since April 2 prior to this evening.
Apr 17 - 2:43 AM

Tommy Milone surrendered three runs -- two earned -- over six innings in Wednesday's no-decision versus the Angels.

Milone isn't going to blow anybody away, so there are going to be starts like tonight that could go one way or the other based on a whole bevy of circumstances. This evening, walking a pair and striking out only one didn't come back to bite him in a big way because he mostly avoided hard contact (six hits; four singles and two doubles). Milone has coughed up 16 hits over his first two starts, a frequency which must come down ASAP with the Rangers coming to town on Tuesday.
Apr 17 - 2:35 AM

Coco Crisp (hamstring) is not in the Athletics' lineup for a third straight game Wednesday.

Like in Tuesday's game, Crisp will be available as a pinch-hitter. With a day off Thursday, A's manager Bob Melvin just wanted to maximize Crisp's rest to get the hamstring fully healed. Expect him back in the lineup on Friday.
Apr 16 - 9:27 PM

Athletics claimed RHP Marcus Walden off waivers from the Blue Jays; optioned him to Triple-A Sacramento.

Walden had been designated for assignment on Tuesday. The 25-year-old owns a 3.73 ERA over 90 starts and 24 relief appearances in the minors and will represent depth at Triple-A.
Apr 16 - 3:04 PM

Coco Crisp flew out as a pinch-hitter in Tuesday's win over the Angels.

Crisp has missed the last two starts with a hamstring issue, but it's a good sign that he felt well enough to pinch-hit. It's possible he'll be back in there Wednesday, though the A's could wait until after Thursday's off day.
Apr 16 - 5:45 AM

Jim Johnson earned the win Tuesday night against the Angels by tossing two scoreless innings of relief in the 11-inning, 10-9 win.

Owners that have held onto Johnson should consider this evening an unmitigated success. To make it possible, Mike Trout had to crush a two-run homer off Sean Doolittle in the ninth to force extras. Once there, Johnson tossed a scoreless 10th and 11th, striking out one, walking one, and giving up a single. He's tossed five straight scoreless innings, earning the victory on consecutive nights, and has to be nearing the ninth inning discussion again.
Apr 16 - 2:34 AM

Jed Lowrie went 3-for-5 with a walk, two doubles, an RBI, and a run scored in a win over the Angels on Tuesday night.

Lowrie had collected only two hits over his last six starts, sandwiched around Sunday's maintenance day off, so it was nice to see him put a charge into the ball a few times. Despite the lack of hits, he's still been doing damage by drawing 14 walks, good for second in the AL. He's never been a great contact hitter, but that .244 average will rise a bit as pitchers realize that Lowrie is perfectly content to allow them to beat themselves.
Apr 16 - 2:29 AM

Dan Straily was blasted for six runs on seven hits and a walk over 3 2/3 innings in Tuesday's loss to the Angels.

He whiffed three and coughed up a two-run fourth inning homer to Kole Calhoun. Straily (1-2, 5.40 ERA) was coming off back-to-back quality outings to begin the campaign, so one off night can be forgiven. Something to keep an eye on, however: Despite pitching in three pitcher's parks (and against a manageable slate in the Mariners, Twins and Angels), he's given up at least one homer in each start and four total. That better change quickly with the Rangers coming to town on Monday.
Apr 16 - 2:25 AM

Coco Crisp (hamstring) remained out of the Athletics' lineup Tuesday.

The A's thought Crisp would need just one day of rest for his hamstring issue, but he's apparently not feeling good enough to give it a go. Craig Gentry will receive another start in center field.
Apr 15 - 6:18 PM

Blue Jays designated RHP Marcus Walden for assignment.

The move clears a spot for Munenori Kawasaki on the 40-man roster. Walden had a brief stint with the big club earlier this month, but didn't make an appearance. The 25-year-old owns a 3.73 ERA over 90 starts and 24 relief appearances in the minors.
Apr 15 - 2:49 PM

Luke Gregerson earned the save for a second consecutive day by hurling a perfect ninth inning Monday against the Angels.

Jim Johnson tossed a scoreless eighth inning when Oakland trailed 2-1, and Gregerson was given the save chance after John Jaso cranked a two-run homer off Ernest Frieri in the top of the ninth. That turn of events also gave Johnson his first 2014 victory (against two losses). Gregerson and the southpaw Sean Doolittle will continue to swap save chances until Bob Melvin regains confidence in Jim Johnson, who is up to three straight scoreless innings.
Apr 15 - 1:21 AM

Jesse Chavez continued his eye-opening start to the 2014 season, striking out nine and allowing only one earned run (two total) on four hits in a tough-luck no-decision against the Angels on Monday.

The right-hander walked zero over seven innings for the second consecutive outing. There's no other way to put it: Chavez's luck this season has been rotten. He's allowed only one earned run apiece in all three starts, totaling 20 innings, and has precisely zero wins to show for it despite Oakland's three victories. He owns a spectacular 1.35 ERA, 0.85 WHIP and 22/2 K/BB rate thus far. Chavez's slate hasn't been overly difficult -- Mariners, Twins and Angels -- but these results demand mixed league attention. Not for nothing, Chavez has a spectacular matchup this weekend against the Astros.
Apr 15 - 1:08 AM

Scott Kazmir (triceps) said Monday that he feels great and fully expects to make his next start.

Kazmir left Sunday's start against the Mariners due to a sore triceps, which was a flare-up of an ailment he dealt with during spring training. He's not doing any throwing Monday like he normally would, but the injury isn't seen as a big deal. He'll also benefit from an extra day of rest with the A's being idle on Thursday. Kazmir boasts a 1.40 ERA with 19 strikeouts over his first 19 1/3 innings this season.
Apr 14 - 7:40 PM


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