As Manager Bob Melvin announced today that Brett Anderson will start Game 3 of the American League Division Series against Detroit tomorrow in Oakland. A.J. Griffin will get the starting assignment for a potential Game 4 Wednesday.
Melvin said this on 95.7 The Game earlier this morning regarding Anderson:
"Yeah, he will be starting, as long as he comes in this morning and everything's still intact, then he will be pitching tomorrow. We wanted to be careful and make sure each and every day that he's making some progress. I have not seen him yet today, I'm probably getting ahead of myself a little bit, but again, if he comes in, feels good, he will pitch tomorrow.
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Anderson, who logged a 4-2 record and 2.57 ERA in six starts in 2012, missed most of the season recovering from Tommy John surgery. He was initially activated Aug. 21 and allowed only 29 hits and 10 earned runs while striking out 25 batters in 35.0 innings before his regular season ended when he strained his right oblique muscle Sept. 19. This will be his first game since his three-week rehab.RELATED: Brett Anderson game logs A.J. Griffin game logs
Griffin, who began the season in Double-A Midland, posted a 7-1 mark and 3.06 ERA in 15 starts after being called up from Triple-A Sacramento June 24. His .875 winning percentage is the best in Oakland history and third best in franchise annals among pitchers with 15 or more starts.Stay logged on, more to come.
Oakland A's media services contributed to this report
At Mesa, Arizona, Matt Szczur keyed a three-run second inning for the World Series champions and Charcer Burks hit a solo homer in front of 14,929 fans.
Burks also had a diving catch in left field with two on and one out in the eighth inning.
Matt Joyce hit a solo home run in his first game with Oakland and Matt Chapman tied it 3-all with a two-run drive in the fourth. Rajai Davis, who hit a tying home run off Aroldis Chapman in the eighth inning of last year's World Series Game 7, opened the game for the Athletics with a walk, then stole second and third but was stranded when Stephen Vogt flied out.
A's starter Jesse Hahn allowed three runs, all in the second, including a two-run single by Szczur that deflected off the pitcher's glove.
MESA, Ariz. – The Cactus League crowds are different than the ones packed into Wrigley Field. It was only a meaningless split-squad game on a Saturday afternoon in the Arizona sunshine. Finally winning the World Series must have somewhat dulled the edge.
But Cubs outfielder Jason Heyward still thought Rajai Davis would hear it from the sellout crowd of 14,929 at Sloan Park, the what-could-have-been anxiety bubbling up when seeing the Oakland A's leadoff guy who nearly changed the course of baseball history.
"I was surprised he didn't get booed more, but that's just how our fans are," Heyward said. "They're fun like that. They have fun with the game. They acknowledge it. That's pretty cool for Cubs fans to boo you. If anybody boos you from last year, that's kind of an honor, I would say. To be on that side of things, it means you did something great."
As Alfonso Soriano liked to say, they don't boo nobodies. With one big swing, Davis almost unleashed a miserable winter for the Cubs and ended the Cleveland Indians' 68-year drought.
Manager Joe Maddon kept pushing closer Aroldis Chapman, who fired 97 pitches in Games 5, 6, and 7 combined. Davis timed seven straight fastballs in the eighth inning – the last one at 97.1 mph – and drove a Game 7-tying two-run homer just inside the foul pole and onto the left-field patio. In a now-famous rain-delay speech, Heyward gathered his teammates in a Progressive Field weight room as the Cubs regained their composure.
"They booed him, but only the first at-bat," Heyward said. "The second at-bat and the third, I was like: ‘Eh, they kind of just let him off the hook.' They let him be."
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