On Monday, A's fans were treated to a gem from Tom Milone in his first start with the team after coming over in the Gio Gonzalez trade. The left-hander pitched eight terrific innings in a win over the Royals and, after the game, Hardball Talk put Milone's effort into historical context:
HBT's Matthew Pouliot wrote, in part:
The last pitcher to go eight scoreless without a strikeout was Justin Verlander against the Twins on May 17, 2006. Verlander also went without a walk in that one, though he still threw 103 pitches in his eight innings. Chien-Ming Wang of the Yankees pulled off the same feat five days prior on May 12, 2006, with eight scoreless, strikeout-less innings against the As.Before that, it hadnt been done since Scott Erickson of the Orioles shut out the Royals on April 28, 2002. Milone is the first left-hander to do it since the Pirates Jimmy Anderson against the Cardinals on July 22, 2001.
The article then examines whether Milone, who essentially has average stuff, will be able to keep this up. What do you think?
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.
Matt Chapman's first stint with the A's was cut short by a left knee infection.
The highly-touted third baseman was placed on the disabled list on Thursday and admitted to a hospital for treatment. He's been receiving antibiotics via intravenous.
Prior to Sunday's series finale in Chicago, manager Bob Melvin was asked about Chapman's status.
"Our hope is that he gets out [of the hospital] today. I know he's making significant strides. This has been really good for him, the drip of the antibiotics as opposed to the oral antibiotics he was taking," Melvin told reporters in Chicago. "I know once he gets out of there, they want to make sure there's no complications, so we're probably being a little bit conservative, but we can because he's on the DL."
Chapman's placement on the DL is retroactive to June 19, so he's eligible to be activated on Thursday, though Melvin wouldn't commit to saying if the 24-year-old will be ready.
"Once he gets out and once we start doing some baseball activities, we'll have a better idea of that," Melvin said.
In 14 at-bats with the A's, Chapman collected three hits including one double, drove in three runs and scored twice.
The 2014 first-round pick earned the promotion after hitting .257/.348/.589 with 16 home runs and 30 RBI in 49 games for Triple-A Nashville.