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A's Mailbag: Will Grant Green make the jump?

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A's Mailbag: Will Grant Green make the jump?

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OAKLAND -- Every Friday I will be answering your questions here. Please tweet me @CaseyPrattCSN or email me at cpratt@comcastsportsnet.com throughout the week if you would like to see your questions answered. Twitter@CaseyPrattCSN Last night felt like a playoff win to me. Is that a bad thing? v (@foursixthreeDP) July 20, 2012CP: I can't say that is ever a bad thing. The playoffs have eluded the A's since 2006. Right now they are playing elite caliber baseball. They are 11-2 in the month of July which makes them hottest team in Major League baseball. They have proven they can hang with the American League West-leading Texas Rangers on the field, now they have a chance to prove they should be considered a playoff contender against the New York Yankees. Why shouldn't it feel like a playoff win? They beat the best team in baseball on Friday. A team that had clobbered them nine-straight times in Oakland. The A's are half a game out of the second Wild Card spot and 1.5 games behind the Angels for the first Wild Card spot. @CaseyPrattCSN Will the A's success in 2012 influence the process for a new stadium? Bob Kotur (@RKotur) July 20, 2012CP: At this rate I don't think anything will influence the A's stadium decision. It has been 1,223 days since the MLB started looking into the stadium issue. At this point they better have done every piece of research they can. If anything, strong play from the A's hurts their cause on this front. It proves to MLB that the Oakland franchise can still compete in their current setting. Commissioner Bud Selig surely already knows what he wants to do. I think it is a matter of appeasing the Giants for potentially losing their territorial rights. Why else would it be taking this long? If Selig wanted the A's to stay in Oakland he could have just make that ruling already and been done with it. @CaseyPrattCSN Who is the next player in the farm system you think could be a big help for the A's down the stretch! Will MacNeil (@RFWill149) July 20, 2012CP: Dan Straily comes to mind immediately. He leads all of professional baseball with 162 strikeouts and has a minuscule 1.10 ERA with Sacramento in his six games there. I think Straily could be the biggest farm player to influence the A's down the stretch even if he doesn't get called up. Say he gets traded for a quality hitter for example, then he would be helping the A's down the stretch that way. If the A's feel they can trade one of their starting pitchers, then he could get the call. The A's have a great problem right now -- too much pitching. They say you can never have enough good pitching, well the A's are putting that theory to the test. Brett Anderson is on the mend as is Brandon McCarthy. It is also starting to look like Dallas Braden is getting closer to a rehab starts as well. As far as offensive players in Triple-A, look for Michael Taylor, Collin Cowgill, Grant Green, and Eric Sogard to come into play if anyone gets injured. You'll also see them when rosters expand.@CaseyPrattCSN Do you see either Michael Choice or Grant Green getting called up at any point this season? Jamal Mohsin (@JamalM_510) July 20, 2012CP: I don't see any chance Michael Choice gets called up to Oakland. He hit his 10th homer last night for Midland though. Choice is batting .285 and has 87 strikeouts in 89 games. Last season in Stockton he struck out 134 times in 118 games. He has to continue to cut down his strikeout numbers. By the end of the year he might get bumped up to Triple-A. Grant Green will be on the A's by the end of this season. It will probably come as a September call up though. A's manager Bob Melvin told me that there are a couple guys ahead of Green at this point. He is doing a fine job offensively but he is still a man without a true position. Green took the time to explain his development process with me and you can hear from him what he thinks of his chances to find a permanent positionhere. @CaseyPrattCSN Is trading Coco ONLY way to get Smith AND Gomes into lineup every day? If so, do you support it? What can we get in return? Christopher Ady (@MrChris80) July 20, 2012CP: Trading Coco Crisp will be the only way to get Seth Smith and Jonny Gomes in the lineup. It will also be the only way to get Chris Carter and Brandon Moss in the same lineup as well. I'd rather see Carter and Moss get the priority over a SmithGomes tandem. Could trading Crisp make sense? Yes. Because I think it gives the A's more flexibility. Yoenis Cespedes can then play center field again, left field can go to SmithGomes. Carter and Moss can alternate at 1BDH. Seems like the A's don't lose too much offense or defense in that scenario. As far as what Crisp would fetch at the deadline, I don't think it's too much. He is a solid player but he is owed 7M next year and has a 1M buyout option for 2014. I'd expect some Single-A or Double-A level prospects if the A's aren't eating that salary as part of the trade. This is all just one man's opinion however.@CaseyPrattCSN why does Josh Reddick where a mouth piece? Steve Bettencourt (@babranch05) July 20, 2012CP: Josh Reddick started wearing the mouth piece to protect a loose filling. I can't imagine he hasn't had a chance to see a dentist yet but it is possible he hasn't. Baseball players are superstitious types. Maybe he found success with it in and has since decided to keep it going. I'll try and remember to ask him next time I talk to him and give you an update. EMAIL:We've heard a lot about the high temperatures and humidity hitting parts of the country this summer. Other than staying hydrated, how else do A's players modify their routines before, during and after the games to withstand the heat since they're not as used to it as teams from Texas, for example? --JeanneCP: Remember that a lot of A's players weren't born and raised in our comfortable East Bay climate. I am sure many of them dealt with the humidity and heat their whole lives and thus know how to handle it. As far as combating the elements go, the team provides them with everything imaginable and they have trainers to make sure they are on the right track.

Mariners club four home runs, end A's seven-game winning streak

Mariners club four home runs, end A's seven-game winning streak

BOX SCORE

OAKLAND -- Mitch Haniger homered twice and Felix Hernandez won for the first time in more than two months as the Seattle Mariners defeated the Oakland Athletics 7-1 on Monday night.

A day after being eliminated from playoff contention, the slumping Mariners snapped Oakland's season-high seven-game winning streak and its eight-game run at home - the team's second-longest in 11 years.

The Mariners had lost eight of nine.

Hernandez (6-5) gave up one run in six innings of two-hit ball. King Felix hadn't won since July 15, a stretch that included a stint on the disabled list from Aug. 2 to Sept. 13 with right shoulder bursitis. He was 0-2 with a 5.40 ERA in his previous five starts.

Haniger hit his 15th and 16th home runs off starter Daniel Gossett (4-10). The 24-year-old Oakland rookie gave up seven runs on a career-high four homers allowed.

Mike Zunino hit a three-run shot, his 24th, that broke a scoreless tie in the second. Yonder Alonso added his 26th homer, connecting against his former team.

Marcus Semien hit a solo homer off Hernandez in the sixth.

Andrew Albers pitched three shutout innings for his first save.

MAXWELL IN THE LINEUP:
A's catcher Bruce Maxwell played his first game since becoming the first player in the majors to kneel during the national anthem Saturday, part of a national protest movement against discrimination and harsh treatment of blacks by police. He was greeted with a loud ovation along with some boos sprinkled in from the Oakland crowd of 9,329. Maxwell cleared the concussion protocol on Monday. He hadn't played since Sept. 20.

SHOW OF SUPPORT:
In an apparent show of support for Maxwell, most of the Oakland Unified School District band members took a knee as they performed the national anthem before the game.

2,500 CLUB:
The 31-year-old Hernandez became the fifth active pitcher to log more than 2,500 career innings.

TRAINER'S ROOM:
Mariners: INF Jean Segura (sprained right middle finger) will likely miss the remainder of the series, manager Scott Servais said. "He wants to get in there before the season's over. It's important to him, but he's not going to be available for a couple of days," Servais said.

Athletics: 1B Matt Olson was scheduled to have an MRI to determine the severity of a hamstring injury he sustained Sunday. The 23-year-old rookie will miss the rest of the series, manager Bob Melvin said. Olson has 25 home runs in 189 at-bats. "We're hoping we can get him back in Texas, but I'm not so sure about that," Melvin said. ... LHP Sean Manaea, who missed his last scheduled start on Saturday with upper back tightness, threw a bullpen and is on track to make his next start Thursday, Melvin said.

UP NEXT:
Mariners: LHP James Paxton (12-5, 3.03 ERA) is 0-2 with a 9.00 ERA in two starts since coming off the DL on Sept. 14. He had been sidelined with a strained left pectoral muscle. Paxton is 3-0 with a 3.77 ERA in five career starts against Oakland.

Athletics: RHP Daniel Mengden (2-1, 3.30) is 2-0 with a 0.82 ERA in his last three starts. Mengden took the loss in his only career start against Seattle last season. He struck out six and gave up two runs on five hits and two walks in five innings.

Aaron Judge breaks Mark McGwire's rookie record

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Aaron Judge breaks Mark McGwire's rookie record

NEW YORK (AP) — Aaron Judge has broken Mark McGwire’s major league record for home runs by a rookie, going deep twice on Monday to raise his total to 50.

The Yankees slugger hit a two-run drive to right-center off Kansas City’s Jakob Junis in the third inning to tie the mark. He added a solo shot over the visitors’ bullpen in left in the seventh inning against Trevor Cahill.

Judge has 13 home runs in September and six in five games. He hit two home runs for the second straight day and has four multihomer games this month.

McGwire hit 49 homers for Oakland in 1987, breaking the previous mark of 38 set by the Boston Braves’ Wally Berger in 1930 and matched by Cincinnati’s Frank Robinson in 1956.

Judge is second in the major leagues behind Miami’s Giancarlo Stanton, who has hit 57.