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Khris Davis went 2-for-3 with a two-run homer, a walk, and a stolen base in Friday’s 3-0 victory over the White Sox.

Davis took Mike Pelfrey deep in the first inning to give Jharel Cotton an early lead. It was more than enough support on this night. Davis is now up to 19 homers and 48 RBI to go along with a .245/.325/.506 batting line.
Jun 23 - 11:55 PM

Santiago Casilla danced around trouble against the White Sox on Friday to convert his 12th save of the season.

Casilla allowed back-to-back singles to begin the bottom of the ninth, but the White Sox couldn’t get anything else going. The 36-year-old recently missed a couple of save chances after he was hit in the non-throwing shoulder by a foul ball, but fortunately it wasn’t anything serious. He’s 12-for-15 in save chances this season with a 4.10 ERA and 26/12 K/BB ratio in 26 1/3 innings.
Jun 23 - 11:55 PM

Matt Joyce socked a solo homer against the White Sox on Friday.

It was his only hit in five at-bats on the night. Joyce was a major disappointment through the first two months of the season, but he’s hitting .306 (19-for-62) with four homers and 10 RBI through 19 games this month.
Jun 23 - 11:54 PM

Chad Pinder was forced to leave Friday's game against the White Sox with a left hamstring strain.

The severity of the strain is yet to be known, expect an update from the club on Saturday. Pinder was 0-for-2 with a strikeout before departing. He's hitting .234/.289/.490 with nine homers and 25 RBI in 160 plate appearances with the A's this season.
Jun 23 - 10:31 PM

Jharel Cotton left Friday's start against the White Sox due to a blister on his right thumb.

The issue doesn't appear to be major, so he may not require a trip to the disabled list. Before the blister cropped up, Cotton fanned three over five shutout innings against the White Sox.
Jun 23 - 10:28 PM

Jharel Cotton was removed from Friday's start against the White Sox with an apparent injury.

Before departing, the team's trainer appeared to be looking at Cotton's hand at either a blister or a fingernail issue. He had been enjoying one of his better starts of the season, allowing just three hits and a walk over five scoreless innings. Look for an update on his status shortly.
Jun 23 - 10:19 PM

Chad Pinder collected two hits Thursday in Oakland’s loss to the Astros.

Pinder ended David Paulino’s afternoon with an RBI double in the sixth and also singled in the fourth inning. Contact issues have dogged Pinder all year but he’s still managed nine homers and 10 doubles to go with a .497 slugging percentage. He’s started games at four different positions this year including second base, shortstop and both corner outfield spots.
Jun 22 - 7:15 PM

Jesse Hahn imploded in Thursday’s loss to the Astros, allowing six hits, 10 runs (nine earned) and three walks over two miserable innings.

Hahn had no command whatsoever, throwing just 29 of his 58 pitches for strikes. Jake Marisnick smoked Hahn’s offering for a three-run homer in the second inning and Marwin Gonzalez added to the misery by swatting a three-run blast of his own later in the frame. In total, the Astros scored eight times off Hahn in the second while sending 11 men to the plate. Hahn is now 0-2 with a 13.50 ERA in two starts against the Astros this year. Unfortunately he'll match up with Houston again on Wednesday.
Jun 22 - 7:10 PM

According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, free agent Henderson Alvarez has a showcase Friday morning in Miami.

Heyman says 14 teams have already expressed interest in Alvarez, who is finally back to 100 percent after batting serious shoulder troubles for the last few years. The 27-year-old right-hander hasn't appeared in a major league game since May 2015.
Jun 22 - 1:50 PM

A's general manager David Forst said he expects Matt Chapman (knee) to return from the disabled list when first eligible.

That would be June 29 -- next Thursday. Chapman was sent to the hospital Thursday morning to get an antibiotic IV for cellulitis in his left knee. The 24-year-old third baseman had three hits and three RBI over his first four major league games.
Jun 22 - 1:42 PM

Athletics recalled 1B/OF Matt Olson from Triple-A Nashville.

Olson will give the A's some depth while Matt Chapman recovers from an infection in his left knee. Olson is 2-for-30 in his career at the major league level and 0-for-9 this year.
Jun 22 - 11:37 AM

Athletics placed 3B Matt Chapman on the 10-day disabled list with an infection in his left knee.

Chapman suffered a gash on his knee a couple weeks ago at Triple-A Nashville and the wound became infected shortly after his callup to Oakland. He's been prescribed antibiotics, but it's not clear when he might be able to return to the A's active roster. The 24-year-old third baseman was 3-for-14 with three RBI over his first four major league games.
Jun 22 - 11:35 AM

Athletics recalled C Bruce Maxwell from Triple-A Nashville.

Stephen Vogt was designated for assignment on Thursday morning and Maxwell is now going to share time behind the plate with Josh Phegley. The 26-year-old catcher is a .270/.333/.369 hitter over the last two seasons at the major league level.
Jun 22 - 11:33 AM

Athletics designated C Stephen Vogt for assignment.

Vogt was an American League All-Star in 2015 and 2016, but the 32-year-old catcher had put up a weak .217/.287/.357 batting line in 174 plate appearances this season. Bruce Maxwell has been recalled from Triple-A to serve as Josh Phegley's backup.
Jun 22 - 11:31 AM

Matt Joyce (back) went 0-for-4 in his return to the A's lineup Wednesday against the Astros.

Joyce was held out of action Tuesday due to a minor back injury, but he played all nine innings of Wednesday's loss to Houston. The veteran outfielder is slashing .227/.329/.407 with eight home runs and 28 RBI in 62 games this season for Oakland.
Jun 22 - 8:03 AM


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