Milone gets cold reception after first complete game


Milone gets cold reception after first complete game


OAKLAND -- This was to be a story of Yoenis Cespedes, and his triumphant return from a left hamstring strain after missing nine games. Cespedes was good But Tommy Milone was simply better. The crafty lefty dispatched the Dodgers with ease en route to his seventh win -- and first career complete game -- as the A's won 4-1. Milone's nine-inning performance was the first by an A's pitcher this season, and it came against the team with the best record in baseball. All he got for his efforts was a cold shower. "Dallas Braden hit me with a bucket of ice water," Milone said. "Luckily it was water and not Gatorade, I would have been all sticky."Milone allowed just three hits. His earned run came on a Juan Uribe double to right field that Josh Reddick actually caught in a head-first dive, before rolling over and accidentally flinging the ball. The play was ruled a hit. "He was really effective," manager Bob Melvin said. "Really, the only run they get wasn't a hard hit ball." Milone is now 5-1 with a 0.99 ERA in six starts at home, compared to 2-4 with a 7.42 ERA on the road. OK, now we can talk about Cespedes. In his first career start as a designated hitter he looked comfortable at the plate. He went 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored. The two outs he did make were a near miss single to center, and a long fly ball to left field that most people in the building thought was a home run -- including Cespedes himself. When I asked him about the near-miss homer in the eighth inning, he cracked a guilty smile. "I knew I didn't hit the ball well, but the way the ball was going I presumed the ball was gone," he said through interpreter Ariel Prieto. Cespedes declared his strained left hamstring 80 percent healthy, and only wants to play in the outfield when he feels 100 percent. For the time being, the A's will surely be happy just to have him in the lineup."Boy, he is on it," Melvin said. "It was pretty impressive to see a guy that's been out in the fashion that he had been, coming in as the DH, having to think about his injuries a little bit, and to put together four at-bats like that was good to see." Speaking of players the A's are happy to have in the lineup -- Brandon Moss hit a screaming blast into the right field bleachers on a 1-1 pitch from Scott Elbert in the eighth. It was Moss' seventh home run in just 13 games with the A's. It was even more impressive because it came off a lefty. While the A's got their five-tool outfielder back from a hamstring injury, the Dodgers weren't so lucky. Matt Kemp remains out for the Dodgers with a hamstring issue of his own. Entering Wednesday, both Cespedes and Kemp had missed 32 games this season.The A's will go for the series sweep in a day game on Thursday, against reigning National League Cy Young Award winner Clayton Kershaw.

Bob Melvin provides update on Bruce Maxwell after 'pretty good shot' to face


Bob Melvin provides update on Bruce Maxwell after 'pretty good shot' to face

A's catcher Bruce Maxwell has a history with foul tips and concussion concerns, so there was cause for concern after he took a direct shot during Wednesday's game against the Tigers.

With one out in the ninth inning, Tigers shortstop fouled a ball square into Maxwell's facemask. The A's catcher immediately fell backwards. As manager Bob Melvin and the team trainer checked on him, he appeared dazed and rubbed his eyes. In an attempt to try to stay in the game, reliever Liam Hendriks tossed two warmup pitches. Maxwell missed the first one, but even after he caught the second one, it was clear he wasn't right and was removed from the game.

Afterwards, Melvin was asked about Maxwell's status.

"He went through all the protocol. It doesn't look like a concussion at this point. We'll probably know more in the next couple of days," Melvin told reporters in Detroit. "Took a pretty good shot. More sore on his face because of where the impact was, which was right in the middle of his face."

Josh Phegley replaced Maxwell for the final two outs of the game. Hendriks managed to close out the 3-2 win for the A's.


Olson's home run streak ends, but Mengden dazzles as A's sweep Tigers


Olson's home run streak ends, but Mengden dazzles as A's sweep Tigers


DETROIT -- Daniel Mengden pitched seven scoreless innings, and Marcus Semien homered and drove in three runs, leading the Oakland Athletics to a 3-2 win and three-game sweep of the Detroit Tigers on Wednesday.

Mengden (2-1) allowed seven hits and struck out four, extending his scoreless streak to 16 1/3 innings and helping the A's to their fourth consecutive win. The 24-year-old right-hander missed the first two months of the season after undergoing offseason foot surgery and was making his fifth major league start this year.

Liam Hendriks got the final two outs in the ninth to earn his first save.

Anibal Sanchez (3-5) pitched well in a losing effort, allowing three hits and one run in six innings. He struck out eight and walked three.

Semien's double in the third inning brought home Bruce Maxwell, who led off with a double. His two-run homer in the seventh put the A's up 3-0.

Mengden worked out of a few jams. He got Nick Castellanos to fly out to deep right center with two out and runners on the corners in the third.

In the fifth, after allowing two-out singles to Alex Presley and Jeimer Candelario, Mengden induced another deep flyout from Miguel Cabrera.

Castellanos led off the sixth with a single and advanced on a wild pitch. Mengden got a strikeout and two popouts to leave him stranded.

The Tigers threatened in the ninth off Ryan Dull, who allowed a one-out, two-run single to Andrew Romine. Hendriks relieved Dull and got Jose Iglesias to ground into a fielder's choice before striking out Presley.

Athletics: C Bruce Maxwell left in the ninth after taking a foul ball to the mask from Iglesias. Maxwell stayed down for a few minutes and was replaced by Josh Phegley.

Castellanos extended his career-best hitting streak to 17 games with his single in the sixth. ... Oakland 1B Matt Olson went 0-for-3 with three strikeouts and a walk. He had homered in five straight games entering Wednesday, setting an A's rookie record.

Athletics: RHP Kendall Graveman (5-4, 4.39 ERA) faces Texas on Friday. The Rangers have not announced their starter.

Tigers: RHP Jordan Zimmermann (8-12, 6.18) takes on Minnesota LHP Adalberto Mejia (4-6, 4.62) on Thursday in Detroit.