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Kendall Graveman limited the Twins to two runs over six innings in Monday's 3-2 victory.

He gave up six hits, walked three and recorded five strikeouts along the way. It had been over a month since Graveman picked up a victory, and April 20 was also the date of his last quality start before Monday. He'll look to keep it going this weekend in Houston.
May 30 - 7:06 PM

Ryan Madson nailed down his 12th save of the season with a scoreless ninth inning in Monday's win over the Twins.

There was no sweat here, as Madson recorded a couple strikeouts and a foulout to protect the one-run lead. Madson pitched the eighth inning Sunday against the middle of the Tigers' order and gave way to Sean Doolittle in the ninth as the lefty converted the save. That will happen on occasion as the A's play the matchups, but Madson is still the primary source for saves in Oakland.
May 30 - 7:00 PM

Coco Crisp belted a solo home run in Monday's win over the Twins.

Crisp led off the bottom of the first inning with a solo blast off of Ervin Santana. He later added a walk, reaching base in two of his four plate appearances. Crisp has been used almost exclusively in the leadoff spot this month and has been playing every day between left and center field. His .250/.304/.436 batting line isn't great, but he's offered a little category juice with five homers and five steals.
May 30 - 6:49 PM

Athletics manager Bob Melvin said Monday that they aren't ruling out Rich Hill (groin) from making his next start.

Melvin said Hill was still "a little bit sore" after leaving Sunday's start against the Tigers with a mild groin strain, but they'll see how he feels over the next couple of days before making an official decision. The A's have an off-day on Thursday and next Monday, so they have the flexibility to push him back if necessary.
May 30 - 4:11 PM

Henderson Alvarez (shoulder) played catch on flat ground Monday without issue.

He's been playing catch now for a week since going through a shutdown period in mid-May. Alvarez is on his way back from major shoulder surgery and currently has no timetable for activation. He was looking pretty sharp in the minors before this latest setback.
May 30 - 2:46 PM

Rich Hill was diagnosed with a mild groin strain after leaving Sunday's start against the Tigers.

Hill was forced to make an early exit from another strong outing on Sunday. A's manager Bob Melvin was unsure if the veteran left-hander would be able to make his next start, but for now it doesn't sound as though a trip to the disabled list is coming. Hill will be reevaluated by the club's medical team on Monday.
May 29 - 8:01 PM

Sean Doolittle notched his third save of the season Sunday in the A's 4-2 win over the Tigers.

Doolittle needed just eight pitches in a perfect ninth, retiring Nick Castellanos, Justin Upton, and Cameron Maybin in order. Athletics closer Ryan Madson worked the eighth inning Sunday against J.D. Martinez, Miguel Cabrera, and Victor Martinez, also retiring three batters in order for a perfect frame.
May 29 - 7:08 PM

Rich Hill was forced to leave Sunday's start against the Tigers after 6 1/3 innings due to an undisclosed injury.

The trainer came out to visit the left-hander with a man at first and one out in the seventh inning, and after a discussion the decision was made to remove Hill from the game. He had allowed two runs on five hits and three walks while striking out nine before departing. Expect an update on his status from the A's after the conclusion of Sunday's game.
May 29 - 6:18 PM

Eric Surkamp will be recalled to start on Tuesday versus the Twins.

Surkamp has posted a 6.55 ERA over five starts for the A's this season, but the club is dealing with a multitude of injuries to the starters so they're forced to give the lefty another shot. Fantasy owners should steer clear.
May 29 - 2:15 PM

Danny Valencia went 3-for-4 with a home run and three runs scored as the Athletics pounded the Tigers 12-3 on Saturday.

Valencia hit a solo home run off Matt Boyd, his seventh homer of the season, and the A's were able to hang nine runs on the Tigers' awful bullpen. The three-hit game raised Valencia's season line to .311/.341/.521. Designated for assignment by the Blue Jays less than a year ago, the 31-year-old has proven to be one heck of a pickup for the A's.
May 28 - 7:15 PM

Jesse Hahn allowed three runs over six innings in a win over the Tigers on Saturday.

It wasn't his most efficient start, as he gave up five hits while walking four, but Hahn did well to avoid most of the damage. A two-run home run in the sixth inning by Victor Martinez threatened to leave him without a say in the decision, but the A's scored five runs in the bottom of the inning to get Hahn his second win of the year. The right-hander will take a 4.15 ERA and 1.42 WHIP into Friday's start at the Astros.
May 28 - 7:09 PM

Stephen Vogt is not in the Athletics starting lineup for Saturday's game against the Tigers.

Being an afternoon game after a night game, Vogt will take a seat in favor of Josh Phegley who was activated from the disabled list on Friday. Look for Vogt to be back behind the dish for Sunday's series finale.
May 28 - 1:16 PM

Sean Manaea yielded three runs in six-plus innings Friday in a loss to the Tigers.

If only just barely, it was still Manaea's second quality start in six tries since he was called up at the end of April. His rotation spot seems rather secure, even if his performance hasn't justified it yet. He'll face the Twins at home next time out.
May 28 - 1:01 AM

Yonder Alonso went 0-for-4 in the loss to the Tigers on Friday.

Alonso has picked it up some after a brutal April, but even so, he's still hitting a modest .254/.322/.324 with no homers in May. The A's might run out of patience and give Max Mundy an extended look soon.
May 28 - 12:58 AM

Sonny Gray (shoulder) is expected to throw off a mound on Saturday.

He played catch without any issues on Thursday and indicated Friday that his trapezius was feeling much better. A's manager Bob Melvin was unsure how many bullpens Gray would need before being cleared for a minor league rehab start, but it sounds like he could potentially be ready to return around when he's first eligible on June 6.
May 27 - 7:39 PM


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