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Matt Chapman finished 2-for-4 with a double, a run scored and an RBI in Sunday's 6-2 victory in San Francisco.

Chapman is 11-for-44 (.250) in 12 games since coming back from the 10-day disabled list, and he is hitting .250 overall on the season, too. He has been a decent source of extra-base hits with 17 doubles, three triples and 10 homers across 288 at-bats. He strikes out a little much, whiffing 78 times, so he'll need to develop a more discerning eye to warrant usage in deeper mixed play.
Jul 15 - 9:43 PM

Blake Treinen worked around a walk while striking out the side in a scoreless ninth inning in Sunday's 6-2 win in San Francisco.

Treinen entered in a non-save situation, but he stayed focused and was able to bounce back from an uncharacteristic shaky performance in Saturday's outing when he walked two batters in a scoreless frame. Treinen can use the rest of the All-Star break after posting a 5-2 record, 24 saves across 27 chances and a sparkling 0.94 ERA and 0.98 WHIP with 61 strikeouts over 48 innings in 40 appearances. After throwing 41 pitches over the past two days it's uncertain if the All-Star will appear in Washington on Tuesday, but fantasy owners hope he rests up for a strong second half.
Jul 15 - 9:20 PM

Stephen Piscotty finished 2-for-4 with a solo home run, two runs scored and two RBI in Sunday's 6-2 victory in San Francisco.

It took Piscotty a little while to get acclimated to his new surroundings, and he also had to endure the terrible pain of his mother passing away during a trying first half. He has overcome so much adversity in the first few months, it's almost amazing to think he pulls into the break with a .264/.326/.457 slash line with 24 doubles, 12 homers and 46 RBI across 311 at-bats. He has been especially hot lately, hitting .348 with five homers and 13 RBI over the past 11 games.
Jul 15 - 9:13 PM

Sean Manaea allowed just two earned runs, five hits and a walk with one strikeout over six innings to earn the win Sunday in San Francisco.

Manaea wrapped up the first half with a 9-6 record, 3.42 ERA and 0.99 WHIP across 123 2/3 innings over 20 starts, highlighted by his first-career no-hitter against Boston on April 21. He strikeouts have been lesser than usual over his past four outings, striking out just seven batters over the past 23 innings. However, he has won four straight decisions and hasn't taken a loss in eight straight starts dating back to May 30.
Jul 15 - 9:10 PM

Jed Lowrie (leg) returned to the Athletics' starting lineup on Sunday.

Lowrie suffered a left leg contusion in a collision with teammate Stephen Piscotty on Friday and sat out Saturday's game as a precautionary measure. He's right back in the there at second base and batting third against Giants' right-hander Andrew Suarez.
Jul 15 - 4:34 PM

Matt Joyce (back) recently was given an epidural.

The hope is that he'll be ready for baseball activities again if the shot does its job. Joyce has been sidelined for the last week with a lumbar strain.
Jul 15 - 2:43 PM

Daniel Gossett (elbow) threw from 90 feet on Saturday.

He's making progress and wouldn't appear to be far off from throwing off a mound. Gossett has been on the shelf since early June with a flexor strain.
Jul 15 - 2:42 PM

Mark Canha went 1-for-2 with a monster pinch-hit two-run home run in Saturday's win over the Giants.

Canha stepped to the plate as pinch-hitter with one on and one out in the seventh inning. He then broke up Tony Watson's soul, crushing an absolute bomb of a two-run home run to left off the reliever. When the ball landed, the A's held a newfound 4-3 lead. They would hold onto that through to the end of the game. This season, Canha is hitting .259/.332/.465 with 12 home runs and 38 RBI in 74 games.
Jul 15 - 2:00 AM

Blake Treinen had a shaky ninth inning in Saturday's win over the Giants, walking two in a scoreless inning while collecting his 24th save of the season.

The A's were tasking Treinen with hanging onto a 4-3 lead when he came on to start the ninth inning. He was able to hold the Giants right there on the scoreboard, but not without making it difficult on himself. Things started out well enough, anyway, as he recorded outs of Chase d'Arnaud and Pablo Sandoval on just five pitches to put his team on the brink of victory. That's when he lost the strike zone, issuing back-to-back free passes to Andrew McCutchen and Buster Posey to put both the potential tying and winning runs on base. Deep breaths. He regained order with a strikeout of Brandon Crawford to end the game. Managing to survive this little mess of his own making, Treinen is now 24-of-27 in save chances with a microscopic 0.96 ERA, 0.98 WHIP and 58/15 K/BB ratio across 47 innings. It's not often that you see the ERA lower than the WHIP. Treinen is All-Star-bound, as one would expect with those numbers.
Jul 15 - 1:54 AM

Brett Anderson yielded three runs on eight hits over 3 1/3 innings in Saturday's win over the Giants.

Nothing doing here for Anderson, who had thrown all of 54 pitches when he was yanked in the fourth inning. The Giants weren't teeing off on him in terms of long home runs, but they consistently squared up his pitches and he wasn't fooling anybody, finishing with just one strikeout. The veteran southpaw is still working his way back into the groove of the season after missing almost two months of the campaign with a shoulder strain. Anderson owns a bloated 6.08 ERA and 1.86 WHIP in six starts covering 23 2/3 innings this year.
Jul 15 - 1:29 AM

Jed Lowrie (leg) is not in the lineup for Saturday's game against the Giants.

Lowrie was diagnosed with a left leg contusion after colliding with teammate Stephen Piscotty during Friday's game, so it's not a huge surprise that he'd sit out Saturday. Before the game said he took some swings in the batting cage and expected to do some infield work later, saying he expected to be available to come off the bench for Saturday's game. He's day to day for now.
Jul 14 - 8:20 PM

Athletics reinstated RHP Daniel Mengden from the 10-day disabled list; optioned him to Triple-A Nashville.

With two games left before the break, the club had better uses for his roster spot. Mengden should be back with the big club at some point after the All-Star Game. He's got a 4.47 ERA, 1.17 WHIP and 55/19 K/BB ratio across 90 2/3 innings this year.
Jul 14 - 6:50 PM

Athletics optioned RHP Ryan Dull to Triple-A Nashville.

Dull was just recalled on Tuesday but pitched in three games after the promotion -- including giving up three runs in Friday night's loss -- so the team sent him out for a fresh arm. This surely isn't the last we'll see of him this year.
Jul 14 - 6:48 PM

Athletics selected RHP J.B. Wendelken from Triple-A Nashville.

Wendelken hasn't pitched in the majors since 2016 but has been incredible in the high minors this year, posting a 3.46 ERA with 68 strikeouts in 41 2/3 innings between Double-A and Triple-A. The 25-year-old will serve in middle relief for the A's.
Jul 14 - 6:43 PM

Athletics recalled INF Franklin Barreto from Triple-A Nashville.

Barreto was sent out on July 3 when Matt Chapman returned from the disabled list, but the club has decided to add another bat for the last few days of the first half, it seems. With their infield healthy -- assuming there's not something we don't yet know -- Barreto should serve in a reserve capacity for the time being. He hit .212/.242/.442 in 18 games with the A's during his first tour this year.
Jul 14 - 6:34 PM


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