A's acquire SS Drew from Arizona


A's acquire SS Drew from Arizona

The A's traded for Stephen Drew Monday night. The following is their press release announcing the trade:

The Oakland Athletics have acquired veteran shortstop Stephen Drew from the Arizona Diamondbacks in exchange for minor league infielder Sean Jamieson, the club announced this evening.Drew, who missed 137 games with Arizona from July 21, 2011 through June 26 due to a fractured right ankle, was batting .193 with eight doubles, one triple, two home runs and 12 RBI in 40 games since returning to the Diamondbacks. He will report to Oakland tomorrow, at which time corresponding 40-man and 25-man roster moves will be made.The 29-year-old Drew was Arizonas first selection in the 2004 First-Year Player Draft (15th overall) out of Florida State and has played parts of the past seven seasons with the Diamondbacks. He is a .266 career hitter with 176 doubles, 52 triples, 72 home runs and 333 RBI in 773 games. The Valdosta, Ga. native enjoyed his best major league seasons under the tutelage of As Manager Bob Melvin, who piloted the Diamondbacks from 2005-09.Drew produced his best season in 2008, when he batted .291 with 44 doubles, 11 triples, 21 home runs and 67 RBI in 152 games, thus becoming only the third shortstop in baseball history to post 40 doubles, 10 triples and 20 homers in a season (Milwaukees Robin Yount in 1980 and 1982; Bostons Nomar Garciaparra in 1997). He was named the 2008 BBWAA Diamondbacks Player of the Year after the season.A season earlier, while batting only .238 with 12 homers and 60 RBI on Melvins 2007 NL West Championship team, Drew enjoyed a brilliant post-season run in hitting .387 with two home runs and four RBI in seven playoff games. He hit .500 (7-for-14) with two homers and four RBI against the Chicago Cubs in the NLDS and batted .294 (5-for-17) vs. the Colorado Rockies in the NLCS that year.With Arizona this season, he has gone hitless in his last 15 at-bats and is batting .069 (2-for-29) in his last nine games. However, he hit homers in consecutive games Aug. 5-7.Jamieson, 23, was Oaklands 17th round choice out of Canisius College in the 2011 First-Year Player Draft. The 6-0, 193-pound Simcoe, Ontario, Canada product is hitting .234 (105-for-449) with 25 doubles, five triples, 10 home runs, 49 RBI and 25 stolen bases in 118 games at Single-A Burlington. He hit .235 with three homers, 21 RBI and 27 stolen bases in 69 games with Short-A Vermont in his first professional season in 2011.

-- Courtesy Oakland A's media services

A's adjust rotation in order to give one struggling starter extra rest


A's adjust rotation in order to give one struggling starter extra rest

The A’s announced a shuffling in their upcoming starting rotation, with Daniel Gossett being called up from Triple-A to start Wednesday at Baltimore and Sean Manaea being pushed back to get some extra rest.

Following Thursday’s day off, Kendall Graveman will now take the ball in Friday’s series opener against Texas at the Coliseum, with Manaea going Saturday. That gives Manaea three extra days of rest from his originally scheduled turn Wednesday. The lefty has seen his fastball velocity diminish in recent starts, even though he had better results Friday at Houston, when he went six innings and gave up three runs.

Gossett was sent down to Nashville on Aug. 3 because the A’s had an upcoming day off in the schedule and they wanted him to keep pitching on turn in the minors. He’s coming off back-to-back strong starts in the minors, striking out 16 with just four earned runs over 12 innings.

Inserting Gossett into the rotation will temporarily give the A’s six starters and also provide a little extra rest for Paul Blackburn, who left Tuesday’s start against Baltimore in the fifth inning after he was struck on the right wrist/hand area by a line drive. X-rays afterward showed no fracture, and Blackburn appeared visibly relieved by that as he addressed reporters in Baltimore after the A’s 6-4 win.

“It’s definitely sore, but I got X-rays and they were negative, so that’s good,” Blackburn said. “But it’s definitely sore. I’m just glad it’s not broken. When I was out there, I couldn’t move my hand. I couldn’t squeeze.”

He said he was hopeful of being able to make his next start but did not know the chances of that.

Instant Analysis: Five takeaways from A's 6-4 win over the Orioles


Instant Analysis: Five takeaways from A's 6-4 win over the Orioles


The A’s showed they can make themselves at home in one of the majors’ most homer-happy ballparks.

A day after Baltimore homered four times, Oakland did the same at Camden Yards to power to a 6-4 victory over the Orioles. Ryon Healy went deep twice and continued his hot streak of late, and Jed Lowrie and Khris Davis also homered. The win ended the day on a good note for the A’s, but they hope they don’t get bad news on starting pitcher Paul Blackburn.

He left the game in the fifth after getting hit on the right wrist by a liner. After the game, manager Bob Melvin said Blackburn has a bruised hand/wrist.

Healy has a 10-game hitting streak, and he’s hitting .375 over his past 14 contests. He entered the night having homered just twice over his last 41 games.

The A’s led 5-2 in the eighth before Baltimore rallied for two runs, helped by a missed check-swing appeal call, on which first base ump Angel Hernandez didn’t ring up Tim Beckham on what appeared to be a sure third strike on replays. That extended the inning and made for a tense ninth inning, but the A’s improved to 2-3 on this six-game road trip that concludes Wednesday afternoon.

EARLY EXIT: Blackburn, after getting knocked around a bit in his previous two starts, was locked in Tuesday and impressed through four scoreless innings. Then Trey Mancini led off the bottom of the fifth by lining a comebacker that appeared to hit Blackburn flush near his right wrist. He walked around the mound in obvious pain as A’s head trainer Nick Paparesta came out to check on him. Blackburn was removed from the game.

EXTENDED DUTY AGAIN: When the Orioles loaded the bases in the eighth with two outs, closer Blake Treinen was summoned from the bullpen in the eighth for the second time in three games. He ended the eighth and stranded three by retiring Adam Jones on a groundout. The bottom of the ninth began with a throwing error from shortstop Chad Pinder, but Treinen closed out the game with help from a 5-4-3 double play and a strikeout of Chris Davis.

UNDERRATED PLAY OF THE GAME: Treinen got the ground ball he needed with the bases loaded and two outs in the eighth. But it came down to Matt Olson making a great scoop at first base when Pinder short-hopped his throw across the diamond.

ENCORE FROM JED: Jed Lowrie homered for the second day in a row, and the A’s went deep four times total. Along with Healy’s two blasts, Khris Davis connected for his 34th of the season in the top of the ninth to make it a 6-4 game and provide some breathing room.

CONTINUING TO IMPRESS: It was an eventful day for Boog Powell even before he took the field. He enjoyed some barbecue with former Orioles slugger Boog Powell, the man who inspired his own nickname. Then those two held a Face Time chat with a third “Boog” Powell, — a youngster from Tennessee who played in the Little League World Series.

Then Powell, hitting leadoff for the second time in three games, singled in his first two at-bats and scored a run. He’s continued to find ways to provide the A’s a spark since being called up from Triple-A Nashville.