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Chad Pinder crushed a go-ahead grand slam in the eighth inning, propelling the Athletics to a 5-4 victory over the Blue Jays on Saturday afternoon in Toronto.

The A's had been held off the board through the first seven innings on the strength of a fine start from Sam Gaviglio and some nice bullpen work. That all changed in the eighth as Matt Chapman drew a leadoff walk on four pitches and Khris Davis follwed with a sharp single. After Matt Olson had struck out, Stephen Piscotty delivered a run-scoring single to get the A's on the board. After Dustin Fowler had lined out, Jed Lowrie walked, loading the bases for Pinder. Tyler Clippard made what appeared to be an excellent pitch, but Pinder was able to drive it out to right-center to put the A's ahead to stay. He finished the day 2-for-4 and is now slashing .280/.341/.507 with four homers and 10 RBI.
May 19 - 4:41 PM

Khris Davis went 2-for-5 with a double and a run scored as the Athletics dispatched of the Blue Jays on Saturday afternoon.

Davis singled and came around to score as part of a five-run uprising in the eighth inning that the Blue Jays used to take the lead. With the two-hit effort, the 30-year-old slugger is now hitting .238/.310/.503 with 13 homers and 38 RBI.
May 19 - 4:36 PM

Blake Treinen slammed the door on the Blue Jays in the ninth inning on Saturday, working a scoreless frame to protect a one-run advantage.

Treinen allowed a two-out walk to Justin Smoak, but he wouldn't advance past there. It's the second straight day that Treinen has been able to protect a late lead against the Jays, recording the final four outs on Friday night. He now boasts a 1.19 ERA, 1.15 WHIP and 27/7 K/BB ratio over 22 2/3 innings on the year while locking down 10 saves.
May 19 - 4:30 PM

Sean Manaea wasn't at his best on Saturday, giving up four runs on five hits over five innings in a no-decision against the Blue Jays.

Manaea walked three and punched out two on the afternoon. He kept the Jays' offense at bay through the first four innings, but they broke through for four runs in the fifth inning powered by a two-run blast from Giovanny Urshela. Even with the rough outing, Manaea owns a sparkling 2.71 ERA and 0.86 WHIP through 66 1/3 innings in his first 10 starts. He'll tryto right the ship on Friday when he does battle against the Diamondbacks.
May 19 - 4:28 PM

Jed Lowrie is absent from the Athletics' starting lineup for Saturday afternoon's tilt against the Blue Jays.

It's just a routine day of rest for the hard-hitting second baseman. Lowrie is off to a ridiculous start this season, slashing .328/.391/.559 with nine homers and 37 RBI. Only Manny Machado, Khris Davis and J.D. Martinez have driven in more runs than Lowrie this season. Chad Pinder is starting in his place at second base and batting ninth for the A's against Sam Gaviglio and the Blue Jays.
May 19 - 10:24 AM

Athletics recalled RHP Ryan Dull from Triple-A Nashville.

Dull was just optioned to Triple-A on Friday, but is able to come back with Brett Anderson hitting the disabled list on Saturday. The 28-year-old hurler owns a 6.30 ERA and 1.70 WHIP across 10 innings with the A's this season.
May 19 - 9:33 AM

Athletics placed LHP Brett Anderson on the 10-day disabled list with a left shoulder strain.

Anderson couldn't get loose while warming up prior to the second inning of Friday's start against the Blue Jays. There's no clear timetable for his return at the moment, but given his lengthy injury history the A's will be sure to proceed with caution. Ryan Dull was recalled from Triple-A in a corresponding move to add a fresh arm to the bullpen.
May 19 - 9:32 AM

Athletics' manager Bob Melvin said Friday that it's hard to imagine Brett Anderson will avoid going on the disabled list.

Anderson left Friday's start after only one inning before experiencing tightness in his shoulder while warmingup for the second inning. All of the arm-related injuries in Anderson's past were with his elbow, this is the first time he has experienced any shoulder problems.
May 18 - 10:40 PM

Dustin Fowler blasted the first home run of his big league career on Friday, powering the Athletics to a 3-1 victory over the Blue Jays.

Fowler tagged Blue Jays' starter Marco Estrada for the solo shot, opening the game's scoring in the second inning. He also doubled, walked and swiped a base in the contest, finisihing the night 2-for-3. The 23-year-old outfielder is now slashing .227/.320/.500 with a homer, four RBI and two stolen bases in his first 25 plate appearances with the A's.
May 18 - 10:16 PM

Jed Lowrie went 2-for-4 with a pair of doubles as the Athletics triumphed over the Blue Jays on Friday evening in Toronto.

Lowrie remains red-hot at the dish, slashing .328/.391/.559 with nine homers and 37 RBI on the season. He has shown no signs of slowing down and should continue to be deployed in all fantasy formats.
May 18 - 10:14 PM

Blake Treinen recorded the final four outs for the Athletics on Friday, preserving a two-run lead against the Blue Jays to earn his ninth save of the season.

Treinen was brought on with two men on and two outs in the eighth inning and proceeded to whiff Kevin Pillar to get out of the jam. He stayed out to work a perfect ninth inning as well which included a pair of strikeouts. He has been terrific this season, compiling a 1.25 ERA, 1.15 WHIP and 25/6 K/BB ratio over 21 2/3 innings while converting nine of his first 11 save opportunities.
May 18 - 10:10 PM

Josh Lucas bailed the Athletics out in a big way on Friday, striking out seven over 3 2/3 innings of one-run baseball.

Lucas was pressed into emergency action after Brett Anderson went down with an injury while throwing his warmup pitches prior to the second inning. The right-hander was dominant, allowing just two hits and a walk while striking out seven of the 14 hitters that he faced. The only damage against him came on an RBI single by Giovanni Urshela, the final batter he faced. Unfortunately for him, he's likely to get sent back to Triple-A in favor of a fresh arm now.
May 18 - 10:08 PM

Brett Anderson was forced to leave Friday's start against the Blue Jays with an apparent arm injury.

The 30-year-old southpaw allowed a pair of hits during a scoreless first inning, then came back out for the second but something didn't feel right after warming up. The trainer came out to check him out and the decision was made to remove Anderson from the game. He'll presumably head back to the disabled list where he has taken up residence plenty of times over the course of his career. Look for an update from the A's on his status after the game.
May 18 - 7:36 PM

Matt Chapman is not in the Athletics' lineup Friday.

It's his first day off this season. Chad Pinder is at third base.
May 18 - 4:36 PM

Athletics recalled RHP Emilio Pagan from Triple-A Nashville.

Pagan struggled last month with the A's, holding a 5.93 ERA over 12 relief appearances. He'll operate in low-leverage situations for now.
May 18 - 4:29 PM


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