A's grooming RHP Straily for majors

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A's grooming RHP Straily for majors

SACRAMENTO -- Dan Straily is seeing the early success of his former River Cats roommate A.J. Griffin with the A's, and he knows he could be just around the corner from joining him. The right-handed pitcher appears to be a good find for the A's. He was drafted by Oakland in the 24th round of the 2009 First-Year Player Draft.Straily was promoted from Double-A Midland -- where he was selected as a Texas League Mid-Season All-Star this year -- to Sacramento on June 21. He has made two starts for the River Cats totaling 13 innings, with just two earned runs, 16 strikeouts and five walks. He had a 3.38 ERA with Midland this season, and was 3-4 with 108 strikeouts and 23 walks at the time of his promotion.He hasn't been with Sacramento long, but he has already made a strong impression on his coaches."He has big league stuff without a doubt," River Cats pitching coach Scott Emerson said. "The guy has got four weapons that are major league caliber."Straily, 23, is listed at six-foot-two, 220-pounds but he doesn't look that big. What is large is his repertoire on the mound and his potential."When he's got his good fastball command going, the sky is the limit for this guy," Emerson said. "He's got a really good top-to-bottom curveball, late slider, and a devastating changeup."The River Cats coaches believe it is just a matter of getting him experience before he could be ready for the big leagues. He appears to be well on the way."So far, so good," River Cats manager Darren Bush said. "He is aggressive, he attacks the hitters, he's got a good pitch mix, so that's good."Straily may be able to join his good friend Griffin again some time in the near future -- this time in the big leagues.

Instant Analysis: Five takeaways from A's first road sweep of 2017

Instant Analysis: Five takeaways from A's first road sweep of 2017

BOX SCORE

The A’s sprung to life offensively in the late innings Sunday and polished off their first road sweep of 2017.

They scored all five of their runs over the final three innings to beat the Chicago White Sox 5-3, continuing an odd stretch of streakiness. The A’s swept the New York Yankees in four at the Coliseum, then turned around and dropped four in a row to the Houston Astros before arriving in Chicago and taking all three from the Sox. It’s their first sweep on the road since they won four in Kansas City from Sept. 12-15 of last season.

The weekend’s events provided a morale boost for a team that began the series an American League-worst 9-25 away from home. The sweep also featured numerous contributions from a pack of recently promoted young players fresh from the minors.

The A’s had no answer for left-hander Derek Holland through six-plus innings, mustering just four hits off the veteran. But trailing 2-0, they got on the board with Jed Lowrie’s pinch-hit RBI double in the seventh. The next inning, Khris Davis singled home the tying run and Yonder Alonso followed with a go-ahead single down the left-field line to put the A’s up 3-2.

They tacked on two insurance runs in the ninth on back-to-back homers from Adam Rosales and Matt Joyce.

Sonny rebounds: Sonny Gray (3-3) avoided the early trouble that plagued his last start, working seven innings and being rewarded with a victory thanks to the A’s eighth-inning rally. He struck out seven and walked just one. That was a key as Gray had issued seven free passes combined in his previous two starts. Adam Engel hit a 2-1 fastball for a homer in the third, then Jose Abreu scored on a passed ball in the fourth to give Chicago a 2-0 lead. But Gray held the Sox to just four hits over his seven innings.

Sign of things to come? Franklin Barreto got a look as the No. 2 hitter in the order Sunday, a spot that some scouts feel he’ll be well suited for as his career unfolds. He singled to the opposite field in his first at-bat, then struck out looking in his next two trips to the plate. In the eighth, his broken-bat single to left jumpstarted Oakland’s two-run go-ahead rally. Barreto is 4-for-10 in his first two games with the big club.

Joyce provides a lift off the bench: Joyce entered as a pinch runner in the seventh and connected for his 10th homer, right after Rosales had gone deep himself. Joyce became the fourth Athletic to crack double figures in homers, and the A’s improved to 31-26 when they hit at least one home run (they’re 3-16 when they don’t).

Doo does it again: Lefty reliever Sean Doolittle continued to deal since coming off the disabled list. He threw a scoreless eighth with two strikeouts and has allowed just one hit over five innings in six appearances since his return.

An unwanted milestone: The Sox scored their second run on a passed ball by Josh Phegley, which accounted for Oakland’s 50th unearned run, most in the majors. They had just 43 unearned runs all of last season.

Former A's catcher Stephen Vogt claimed by NL Central team

Former A's catcher Stephen Vogt claimed by NL Central team

A new team believes in Stephen Vogt.

The former A's catcher, who was designated for assignment on Thursday, was claimed by the Milwaukee Brewers on Sunday.

The A's announced the transaction shortly before their game against the White Sox.

News of the Brewers making the waiver claim was first reported by ESPN.

The Brewers were the only team to place a waiver claim on Vogt, according to The San Francisco Chronicle.

Vogt, a clubhouse leader and one of the longest tenured A's, hit just .217 with four home runs and 20 RBI in 54 games this season.