OAKLAND -- With the Oakland A's in postseason contention and the Sacramento River Cats in the playoffs, fewer players were added as Sept. 1 call ups. With rosters expanding from 25 men to 40, the A's re-instated pitcher A.J. Griffin and third baseman Brandon Inge from the disabled list and added shortstop Brandon Hicks and outfielder Collin Cowgill from Triple-A. All of the moves were first reported by Comcast SportsNet. Second baseman Jemile Weeks will stay in Triple-A for now, but can still be eligible for the A's playoff roster according to Major League Baseball rules. The A's felt Griffin was an obvious choice to return to the team after two rehab starts in Sacramento. The right-handed pitcher was 3-0 with a 2.42 ERA in eight starts with the A's. He has been on the DL since Aug. 5 after leaving a start early with shoulder tightness on Aug. 4. Griffin became the first rookie pitcher to start his career 3-0 since Rich Harden in 2003. He will have missed a total of 24 games for Oakland. Brandon Inge returns to the team after experiencing his own variety of shoulder issues. He sprained his right throwing shoulder making a diving attempt on Aug. 11. His shoulder actually dislocated, but he was able to pop it back into the socket before finishing the game -- even collecting a go-ahead RBI single in the game after sustaining the injury. Inge missed a total of 18 games with his recent injury. He played in six rehab games for the River Cats batting .200 (4 for 20) with two doubles, one RBI and four walks. Inge said the shoulder doesn't bother him at all when hitting, but he feels occasional pain when throwing. He insists he can play through the discomfort. "It doesn't effect anything," Inge said before Friday's game. "That's the bottom line."The A's will make more roster moves down the stretch, but for now reinforcements will come in the form of Hicks and Cowgill. Both players have spent time with Oakland this season. Hicks is batting .183 (11-60) with five home runs and seven RBI in 20 games with the A's. Cowgill hit .271 (26 for 96) with one home run, nine RBI and 11 walks in 32 games in Oakland. The A's also recalled reliever Pedro Figueroa on Friday and optioned Jim Miller to Stockton. With Stockton's season ending Monday, the A's will bring Miller back on Tuesday when he is eligible to return.For the latest A's news follow @CaseyPrattCSN and @KLongworthCSN.
OAKLAND -- Sonny Gray wanted to lighten the mood in the Athletics' clubhouse before the game so he lit a few candles in an adjacent locker, lowered the lights and had peaceful, pan-flute music piped into the overhead speakers.
Then the Oakland ace went out and put the Miami Marlins' offense to sleep with his best outing in two years.
Gray struck out a season-high 11 over seven innings, Khris Davis homered and the A's beat the Marlins 4-1 on Wednesday.
"We were just getting everybody nice and relaxed," Gray said of his pregame routine. "It was a good way to start the day. If we're going to put this thing together here . we're going to have to get everyone together and that's just a little way to do that."
Gray (2-1) was dominant while earning his second straight win. The right-hander, who began the season on the disabled list because of a strained lat, retired the first nine batters, struck out the side twice and pitched out of a pair of jams to strand runners at third. Gray walked one and allowed three hits.
The 11 strikeout were one shy of Gray's career-best.
"That's what the really good ones do," A's manager Bob Melvin said. "They have a level and they have another level when they need it. We saw everything that makes him who he is today."
Edinson Volquez (0-7) allowed three runs over six innings and tied the Marlins franchise record for most consecutive losses to open a season. The 33-year-old right-hander has dropped eight straight decisions overall dating to 2016, the longest drought of his career.
"When I signed on here I was hoping to be better than what I am right now," Volquez said. "The longer I'm pitching the way I did tonight, I'm good with it. I think I threw the ball pretty good today. One mistake. I threw a fastball to Davis and the ball keeps going."
The A's won despite three errors. They have 46 this season, most in the majors.
Dee Gordon singled and scored Miami's lone run.
LOWRIE WARMING UP:
Lowrie doubled and scored on Davis' 14th home run of the season, a two-out opposite field shot off Volquez. Lowrie added an RBI double in the fifth then singled in Adam Rosales in the seventh. It was Lowrie's team-leading 16th multi-hit game of the season and extended his modest hitting streak to six games. "Really consistent the whole year," Melvin said of Lowrie, who went 13 for 25 on the homestand. "Physically he feels better than he ever has. Durability-wise he's been out there more. I consistently talk to him about DH, but no, he wants to play."
Marlins: LF Christian Yelich did not play and is day to day after suffering a right hip flexor injury during Tuesday's win.
Athletics: 1B Yonder Alonso wore a protective wrap around his right wrist and was held out of the lineup after getting hit by a pitch. Melvin expects Alonso to be in the lineup Friday in New York. . RHP Jesse Hahn, who left his start Tuesday with a triceps strain, underwent an MRI test but results were unknown . LHP Sean Doolittle (left shoulder strain) will throw live batting practice Saturday in extended spring training in Arizona. . RHP Bobby Wahl was placed on the 10-day disabled list with soreness in his shoulder and biceps tendinitis. RHP Zach Neal was called up from Triple-A Nashville.
Marlins: RHP Dan Straily (2-3) faces the Los Angeles Angels for only the second time in his career Friday in Miami. Straily has failed to make it past the fifth inning in seven of his nine starts this season.
Athletics: RHP Kendall Graveman (2-2) pitches against the Yankees on Friday when Oakland begins a three-game series in New York. Kendall is winless in five starts since coming off the disabled list.
A day after getting hit by a pitch on his wrist, Yonder Alonso is not in the lineup as the A's get set to take on the Marlins Wednesday.
1. Dee Gordon (L) 2B
2. Giancarlo Stanton (R) DH
3. Marcell Ozuna (R) CF
4. Justin Bour (L) 1B
5. J.T. Realmuto (R) C
6. Derek Dietrich (L) 3B
7. Tyler Moore (R) LF
8. J.T. Riddle (L) SS
9. Ichiro Suzuki (L) RF
Edinson Volquez -- RHP
1. Rajai Davis (R) CF
2. Matt Joyce (L) RF
3. Jed Lowrie (S) 2B
4. Khris Davis (R) DH
5. Ryon Healy (R) 1B
6. Trevor Plouffe (R) 3B
7. Chad Pinder (R) LF
8. Josh Phegley (R) C
9. Adam Rosales (R) SS
Sonny Gray -- RHP