Notes: Anderson sore, no MRI results yet


Notes: Anderson sore, no MRI results yet

DETROIT -- Late Wednesday night A's starting pitcher Brett Anderson underwent and MRI on his strained right oblique. The team doesn't have the results. Right after Anderson returned from the hospital he detailed how the injury occurred and how his side feels. The A's are optimistic that he won't have to miss much time."We don't have the results from the MRI but he's sore," A's manager Bob Melvin said. "It tells me there is a good chance he won't make his next start, beyond that we are not sure."
REWIND: Anderson exits game early with oblique strain 'Fluke injury'
Anderson is 4-2 with a 2.57 ERA in six starts since returning from "Tommy John" surgery. He has never had an oblique injury before. He described the situation as frustrating after recently returning from 14 months on the DL while recovering from his left elbow injury. "Its pretty disheartening the way Ive been throwing," Anderson said early Thursday morning. "To come back after surgery and six starts into it have some other kind of fluke injury that I dont really know how it happened."The plan in place, if Anderson indeed cannot pitch, is that Travis Blackley will pitch on Saturday in New York and Dan Straily will take Anderson's spot Monday in Texas. The A's had already decided to start Blackley in New York prior to Anderson's injury. Blackley is 4-3 with a 3.97 ERA in 12 starting assignments for the A's this season.RELATED: Brett Anderson game logs
"I'm psyched about it," Blackley said on Wednesday night. "It's good to know you can be trusted and to take the reigns when needed. I'm trying to treat it like any other game and try to get outs.""Travis Blackley has done a terrific job for us in a number of roles," Melvin added. "We have a lot of confidence in him. We have a lot of confidence in the rest of our young starters as well." Melvin noted that Blackley, a left-handed pitcher, might be a better option in New York because of all the left-handed hitters and the short porch in right field. If Dan Straily, a right-handed pitcher, takes Anderson's spot on Monday in Texas, he likes the match up because the Rangers have a righty-heavy lineup. "If Brett doesn't pitch we are better going in that route anyway," Melvin explained. "That was one of the factors before Brett even got hurt. I think we've been pretty consistent in trying to match up the best we can whether it's with the lineup or the pitchers."It appears that Straily might have been on the verge of losing his spot in the starting rotation before Anderson strained his oblique. Straily is 2-1 with a 4.13 ERA in five starts. The A's have won four of his five starts, but he has allowed eight home runs and New York has a lineup full of power hitters. -- Yoenis Cespedes has been playing through a bone bruise on the bottom of his right foot. Melvin says he isn't sure how the injury occurred but the young outfielder has had been bothered by it since the home stand. It doesn't appear to be a serious issue. Cespedes played center field on Wednesday night. Expect him to DH a bit more lately until it subsides. "He'll be day to day as far as playing the outfield," Melvin said. "It was bothering him some yesterday but he knew with Coco out if he could do it he'd go out and play."-- Coco Crisp has made progress with his pink eye issues. He has a better chance to play in New York on Friday. The A's are 62-43 when Crisp starts and 22-21 when he doesn't. Their offense doesn't seem to be clicking without Crisp. Here's a look at Melvin's lineup card for Thursday. There are several modifications. Oakland Athletics (84-64) lineupCoco Crisp, CF
Stephen Drew, SS
Yoenis Cespedes, LF
Seth Smith, DH
Chris Carter, 1B
Josh Reddick, RF
Josh Donaldson, 3B
Derek Norris, C
Cliff Pennington, 2B
The lineup looks this way mainly because Crisp is out. There may be more reasons behind the slight shuffle but Melvin didn't want to tip his hand."At times we just look at a little change of scenery it's not a huge change there's actually a couple reasons that I just won't go into today, maybe a little later," Melvin said. "Same cast members for the most part." The tarp was on the field all night in Detroit and it was raining up until noon. The tarp is now off the field and it looks like the game will start on time.

A's give up four home runs, drop series opener to Orioles

A's give up four home runs, drop series opener to Orioles


BALTIMORE -- Adam Jones called it a game the Baltimore Orioles needed to win.

The center fielder set the early tone, and the rest of the team followed his lead.

Jones hit a pair of home runs, Jonathan Schoop added a three-run shot and Baltimore beat the Oakland Athletics 7-3 on Monday night. The Orioles won for the second time in six games, but they are still in the thick of the wild-card race.

"Adam's done that a lot and it never goes unnoticed or unappreciated or assumed, more importantly," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. "Jon obviously had a big blow there, but can't tell you how hard it is, as hard as Adam plays as long as he plays, and then mid-to-late August you're still able to do that. That's one of the things that separates Adam."

Wade Miley (7-10) held the A's to two runs, five hits and four walks over six-plus innings to pick up his first win at Camden Yards since June 17. The left-hander is 2-0 with a 1.38 ERA against Oakland this season.

Jones tied a career high with four hits and is one home run shy of reaching 25 for the seventh consecutive season. Zach Britton got the final out with two runners on for his 11th save this season and his 60th in a row.

Baltimore beat Chris Smith (0-3) for the second time in 12 days. Smith allowed five runs and six hits over 4 1/3 innings - his shortest start of the season. He was pulled after allowing Schoop's three-run homer, which made it 5-1. Ryan Dull entered and allowed another homer by Jones.

"I always feel strong at this time of the season," Jones said. "It's called pacing myself. I've learned how to pace myself over the years."

Jed Lowrie homered for the A's, and Boog Powell hit his first career home run in the eighth inning, appropriately enough doing so in Baltimore, where an unrelated Boog Powell slugged 303 home runs and won the 1970 MVP.

"It didn't seem real," said Powell, who made his major league debut earlier this season with Seattle and was acquired in a trade earlier this month for Yonder Alonso.

The younger Powell is expected to meet his namesake for the first time Tuesday, according to

Welington Castillo responded for Baltimore with a solo home run in the eighth off Michael Brady that provided the 7-3 lead.

Oakland took a 1-0 lead in the second on an RBI double by Matt ChapmanChad Pinder was thrown out at the plate trying to score from first on the play.

The Orioles tied it in the bottom half on a sacrifice fly by Mark Trumbo. Jones led off the fourth with a homer and Baltimore never trailed again.

"He's a good hitter for a reason. It's tough," Smith said about Jones. "You try to attack his zones, and it seems like I make a good pitch and he breaks his bat but he finds somehow to put it in the outfield."

Manny Machado became the third Oriole to earn AL Player of the Week honors this season, joining Schoop (July 23) and Tim Beckham (Aug. 7). Machado batted .385 (10 for 26) with four home runs and 12 RBIs over six games.

Athletics: C Bruce Maxwell, who took a foul ball off his face mask Saturday at Houston, did not start for the second consecutive game. He entered as a pinch hitter in the seventh and went 0 for 2. . SS Marcus Semien left in the seventh with a wrist injury.

Orioles: SS J.J. Hardy (wrist) went 0 for 3 with a walk on Monday in his first rehabilitation game with Triple-A Norfolk.

Athletics: RHP Paul Blackburn (3-1, 3.46 ERA) received a no-decision after allowing four runs in 5 2/3 innings in his lone appearance against Baltimore on Aug. 11.

Orioles: RHP Ubaldo Jimenez (5-8, 6.47 ERA) struggled in his previous outing against Seattle, when he was charged with six runs and eight hits over 4 1/3 innings. He is 4-1 with a 4.70 ERA in eight career starts against Oakland.

A's Cotton notches first big league victory in two months: 'He found out if...'

A's Cotton notches first big league victory in two months: 'He found out if...'

HOUSTON — No one questions the quality of stuff that Jharel Cotton takes to the mound.

According to A’s manager Bob Melvin, the key for his rookie starter is more an issue of mindset and aggressiveness.

Cotton was in attack mode Sunday after a wobbly first inning against the Houston Astros. The result was an encouraging six-inning outing that set the A’s on the path to a 3-2 victory that helped them avoid a three-game sweep at Minute Maid Park.

While the victory was important for his team’s overall psyche, Melvin also hopes it triggers some confidence for Cotton in how he can attack a dangerous lineup and have success.

“I think he found out if he throws the ball over the plate, it’s gonna allow him to stay in the game longer,” Melvin said. “He should take a lot out of this game, especially against a lineup like that. Knowing that if I’m throwing the ball over the plate, using a mix of pitches and I’m not afraid to use my fastball, that the results can be good. We’ve seen him pitch really good games because he’s got good stuff.”

Cotton (6-10) rang up his first major league victory since June 23 against the White Sox. That was before a blister on his thumb led to a stint on the disabled list. Since then, he’d struggled with walks, ill-timed homers, and generally enough turbulence to invite speculation on whether the A’s might skip him for a start or send him down.

He answered Sunday by holding the majors’ highest-scoring team to two runs on four hits over his six innings. That was after walking two in a 25-pitch first. Not since that scoreless outing against the White Sox back in June had Cotton surrendered less than four runs in a game.

A’s closer Blake Treinen, who recorded a six-out save and combined with fellow reliever Chris Hatcher to bring home the ‘W’ for Cotton, said watching Cotton tame the Astros lineup didn’t surprise him.

“I’d heard of him from before I was even (traded to the A’s), and I’ve seen his stuff. Sometimes as a young pitcher it just takes experience. When things are going really well, you don’t have to think.You just trust it.”

The A’s beat the Astros for just the third time in 15 games this season. On so many occasions, Houston has taken advantage of Oakland mistakes and forced the issue with aggressive baserunning. On Sunday, it was the A’s who dictated things in that fashion.

Center fielder Boog Powell, who went 3-for-4 with a walk from the leadoff spot, led the game off with a single against Brad Peacock (10-2). Then Marcus Semien grounded one toward the hole on the left side. With Powell racing hard into second, Astros shortstop Alex Bregman threw wildly into right field. Powell came around to score, and Semien — advancing all the way to third — came home on the play when Marwin Gonzalez made another throwing error.

Jed Lowrie scored on a passed ball in the sixth to push the A’s lead to 3-1, marking the first time in Oakland history the A’s scored three or more runs in a game without notching a single RBI.

Semien’s mad dash around the bases reminded him of a similar play as a Little Leaguer in El Cerrito, when he circled the bases in the same kind of way on his mother’s birthday. Afterward, she convinced him he’d hit a real homer.

“I got some texts from some old Little League friends about that one today,” Semien said.

It wasn’t conventional, and it didn’t matter. Over the first two games of this series, the A’s had scored one run total and advanced just one runner as far as third base.