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Marcus Semien was lifted from Monday's game against the Orioles after irritating the scar tissue in his surgically-repaired right wrist.

It's not a big deal, but the A's could hold Semien out of action Tuesday just to be safe. For what it's worth, Semien thinks he'll be ready to play Tuesday. He was hitless in three plate appearances Monday before being pulled.
Aug 21 - 10:35 PM

Boog Powell hit his first major league homer in the A's loss to the Orioles on Monday.

It was a solo shot in the top of the eighth inning against O's reliever Brad Brach. Powell also drew two walks in the game and has now reached base in 12 of his 23 trips to the plate since joining the Athletics in the Yonder Alonso trade. The 24-year-old outfielder should see regular playing time down the stretch in Oakland and holds some appeal in AL-only fantasy leagues.
Aug 21 - 10:28 PM

Chris Smith surrendered five runs -- four earned -- over 4 1/3 innings Monday as the Athletics fell to the Orioles.

Smith issued two walks and gave up six hits, including a solo homer to Adam Jones in the bottom of the fourth inning and a three-run blast to Jonathan Schoop in the bottom of the fifth. The 36-year-old right-hander is now 0-3 with a 5.56 ERA in 43 2/3 innings with Oakland. He hasn't earned a win at the MLB level since way back in 2008 with the Red Sox.
Aug 21 - 10:20 PM

Bruce Maxwell (head) said Monday that he's feeling much better.

Maxwell took a foul tip off the mask Saturday and had trouble sleeping that night, but he said he got 11 hours of sleep Sunday night. He's sitting out again Monday in favor of Dustin Garneau, but it sounds like he could be back in there soon.
Aug 21 - 4:28 PM

Athletics prospect A.J. Puk gave up one run over six innings on Sunday for Double-A Midland.

Puk allowed five hits and two walks, and he struck out seven. His 4.91 ERA in Midland isn't ideal, but he's struck out 68 hitters in just over 51 innings, and that he's kept the ball in the park (3 homers in 112 1/3 innings all year). He's not a finished product, but he should be ready to pitch in the Athletic rotation by the middle of next year.
Aug 21 - 1:16 PM

Blake Treinen earned a two-inning save Sunday in the Athletics' 3-2 defeat of the Astros.

Treinen struck out three of the seven batters he faced between the bottom of the eighth and the bottom of the ninth to protect Oakland's one-run lead. The 29-year-old right-hander owns a 2.37 ERA and 22/6 K/BB ratio in 19 innings since being acquired from the Nationals in mid-July.
Aug 20 - 5:49 PM

Jharel Cotton held the Astros to two earned runs over 6 2/3 innings Sunday for his sixth win of the season.

It was a gutty performance against one of the best offenses in baseball. Cotton walked three batters and struck out only two, but he also limited Houston to just four total hits. The 25-year-old right-hander is 6-10 with a 5.71 ERA, 1.47 WHIP, and 82/45 K/BB ratio in 104 innings (19 starts) this season. He'll face the Rangers at home next.
Aug 20 - 5:46 PM

Bruce Maxwell said he was a little out of it after taking a foul tip off the mask Saturday.

Maxwell admitted that he didn't sleep well Saturday night. He's not in Sunday's lineup, although it's unclear whether he's gone through concussion protocol. Dustin Garneau is at catcher Sunday.
Aug 20 - 12:00 PM

Khris Davis is absent from the Athletics' lineup Sunday.

It appears to be a simple day off. Matt Joyce is in left field and Chad Pinder is in right.
Aug 20 - 11:41 AM

Kendall Graveman allowed two runs over six innings in a loss to the Astros on Saturday.

Graveman gave up six hits and walked three while striking out three in the loss. After a slow start coming off the disabled list, Graveman has now turned in two straight quality starts. Through 12 starts overall, the 26-year-old owns a 4.54 ERA and 1.41 WHIP while going 3-4. Graveman will look to make it three quality starts in a row Friday against the Rangers.
Aug 19 - 10:15 PM

Sean Manaea surrendered three runs over six innings Friday in a loss to the Astros.

It's still progress for Manaea, considering that he gave up 18 runs -- 13 earned -- over 6 2/3 innings in his previous three starts combined. He's still winless since July 16, and he's a hard guy to trust in mixed leagues right now.
Aug 18 - 11:44 PM

Athletics sent RHP Zach Neal outright to Triple-A Nashville.

Neal cleared waivers after being designed for assignment and will stick around in the organization. He's posted a 7.98 ERA over 14 2/3 innings in the majors this season.
Aug 18 - 5:00 PM

Matt Chapman clubbed a two-run homer and finished 2-for-4 in a loss to the Royals on Wednesday.

He went yard off reliever Brandon Mauerer with a runner aboard to knot the score in the eighth inning, but the Royals regained the lead in the ninth. The rookie third-sacker is known more for his glove than his bat but he does have real potential at the plate. He hit 16 home runs in 49 games at Triple-A this year before getting the call to the majors. He is batting .230/.301/.514 with nine homers and 24 RBI in 42 major league games.
Aug 16 - 8:11 PM

Marcus Semien went 2-for-5 and cracked a two-run homer during a loss to the Royals on Wednesday.

His shot off starter Danny Duffy gave the Athletics a short-lived lead in the third inning. Semien spent almost the entire first half of the season on the disabled list with a broken wrist. He struggled when first returning in early July but has been good enough to be semi-useful in fantasy leagues of late. He has a .254 batting average with five homers and 20 RBI in 47 games overall. He is running more this year and has seven stolen bases without being caught. His career high is 11 steals in 155 games back in 2015.
Aug 16 - 8:06 PM

Paul Blackburn let in four runs in four innings and did not get a decision against the Royals on Wednesday.

He struck out only two batters, issued three walks and surrendered eight base hits -- seven singles and a two-run bomb by Lorenzo Cain. The 23-year-old rookie entered the game with a snazzy 3.02 ERA but saw that jump to 3.46 on the heels of today's shaky outing. He has a 3-1 record and a 1.30 WHIP through nine starts. His very poor 22/16 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 54 2/3 innings predicts his ERA will keep rising.
Aug 16 - 7:59 PM


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