A's notes: What's next for Brett Anderson?


A's notes: What's next for Brett Anderson?

OAKLAND -- The A's are tasked with facing Felix Hernandez for a fourth time before the All-Star break. It is always a dubious task. The Mariners' ace is 1-1 with a 3.80 ERA vs. the A's this season, but holds a 13-5 record over the A's with a 2.70 ERA. If they beat him they will enter the All-Star break at 43-43. It is turn-back-the-clock-day at the Coliseum. The A's will be wearing the Oakland Oaks uniforms from 1955. The Mariners will be in Tacoma Rainiers uniforms. Elvis will be singing the National Anthem. Oakland Oaks (42-43) lineupCoco Crisp, CF
Jemile Weeks, 2B
Josh Reddick , RF
Yoenis Cespedes, LF
Seth Smith, RF
Brandon Moss, 1B
Derek Norris, C
Brandon Inge, 3B
Cliff Pennington, SS
Pregame Notes:-Brett Anderson threw another bullpen session on Sunday. He is expected to pitch a two inning simulated game on Wednesday.
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-Collin Cowgill participated in full baseball activities again today. He ran full speed in the outfield and on the bases. He will begin his rehabilitation assignment in Stockton on Monday. -The A's will hold a team workout in Minnesota on Thursday. A's manager Bob Melvin sees the four-day layoff as a risk for the team to get rusty. He expects the A's to settle in a little bit in the second half as the roster continues to mesh. The A's have used 43 players this year which is the second most in the American League. Seventeen of the 43 players are rookies, which is the most in used in the majors. "We have had a lot of turnover in and out as a team," Melvin said. "We are settling on a group in the second half and getting a little bit of identity." -The A's have exceeded many expectations in the first half. They are 3.5 games behind in the American League Wild Card standings. This season MLB changed the rules and two Wild Card teams will play in a one-game playoff. The A's have a chance to earn one of those spots if they continue to improve in the second half, something Melvin expects the team will do. "We expect to play better, It has been a tumultuous first half," he said. "We got through a nine-game losing streak and we are better for that. We played a lot of dramatic games whether it is walk-off wins or losses."-While all the players except Ryan Cook get an All-Star break, Melvin will be in Kansas City serving on Ron Washington's All-Star coaching staff. An opportunity that means a lot to him since he grew up an A's fan. "To be able to represent the Oakland A's in an All-Star game is pretty special for me," Melvin said. "I would never envision growing up that I would be in an All-Star game in this uniform. In that respect I am really excited about that."

A's blow five-run lead, watch Mets walk off with victory

A's blow five-run lead, watch Mets walk off with victory


NEW YORK -- Wilmer Flores hit a solo home run with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning, and the New York Mets rallied from an early five-run deficit to beat the Oakland Athletics 6-5 Saturday night for their fourth consecutive victory.

Pinch-hitter Lucas Duda delivered a tying single with two outs in the eighth off left-hander Daniel CoulombeJay Bruce hit a two-run homer in the sixth to begin New York's comeback, and Jose Reyes tripled twice.

Flores connected on a 96 mph fastball from Simon Castro (0-1), sending a line drive to left field for the second game-ending homer of his career. That sent a frenzied crowd of 39,629 home happy - hours after fans lined up early in the heat outside Citi Field to get their Noah Syndergaard as Thor bobbleheads.

Matt Joyce hit a leadoff home run and Matt Chapman added a prodigious shot for Oakland, which scored four in the first off struggling Mets starter Zack Wheeler.

Sean Manaea took a shutout into the sixth but then wilted after throwing a career-high 115 pitches Sunday in his previous start, a win against Cleveland.

Hansel Robles (6-1) tossed a hitless inning to win for the second straight day.

With Mets second baseman Neil Walker nearing a return from the disabled list, perhaps Monday in San Diego, Asdrubal Cabrera made his first major league start at third and played flawless defense after working out at the position once. Cabrera's only previous appearance at the hot corner came during his rookie season in 2007 with Cleveland. "He's a middle infielder who's going to play third base. Got great hands, great arm. He'll be fine," manager Terry Collins said. Cabrera initially balked at shifting from shortstop to second when he came off the DL about a month ago.

Athletics: Ryon Healy had a pinch-hit single after getting hit near the left temple by a bad-hop grounder Friday night. Healy went through the concussion protocol and was cleared, manager Bob Melvin said. ... Melvin said he would have news after the game regarding RHP Jharel Cotton, on the DL since July 4 with a blister on his right thumb. Cotton threw a bullpen Friday. Oakland needs a starter for Monday night at Toronto. ... INF-OF Chad Pinder (strained left hamstring) homered Friday on his rehab assignment with Triple-A Nashville and could come off the DL when Oakland begins a homestand next weekend. "That's kind of the target area," Melvin said.

Mets: Walker (left hamstring) went 1 for 3 with Triple-A Las Vegas at Memphis in the first game of rehab assignment. The switch-hitter has been on the DL since June 15. ... LHP Josh Smoker threw a scoreless sixth in his first outing since coming off the disabled list Thursday. Smoker had been sidelined since June 14 with a strained left shoulder.

Oakland rookie right-hander Daniel Gossett (1-5, 5.79 ERA) makes his eighth career start in Sunday's series finale against RHP Rafael Montero (1-6, 5.40). Gossett has given up 10 homers in 37 1/3 innings after yielding only four in 60 2/3 innings at Triple-A.

Healy exits early, Blackburn suffers first loss with A's

Healy exits early, Blackburn suffers first loss with A's


NEW YORK — Michael Conforto hit a pair of two-run homers and Jerry Blevins rescued the Mets' bullpen with a five-out save as New York held off the Oakland Athletics 7-5 on Friday night for its third straight victory.

T.J. Rivera put the Mets ahead in the sixth inning with a two-run single that turned into a Little League home run. Rivera came all the way around to score on the play after third baseman Matt Chapman, trying to get Rivera at second, threw the ball away into right field for a costly error that made it 5-3.

Moments earlier, New York loaded the bases when Lucas Duda's bad-hop infield single struck first baseman Ryon Healy near the temple. Healy left the game and walked off under his own power with a swollen bruise next to his left eye.

Conforto's second homer made it 7-3 in the seventh. Oakland rallied for two in the eighth, but Blevins replaced closer Addison Reed with the bases loaded and got five straight outs against his former team for his fifth major league save and first this season.

Normally a lefty specialist, Blevins recorded five outs in a game for the first time since 2014 with Washington. He retired All-Star slugger Yonder Alonso on a foul popup and struck out Khris Davis to escape the eighth-inning jam.

"We just tried to find some matchups that worked," Mets manager Terry Collins said.

Yoenis Cespedes had three hits after raising eyebrows when he told the San Francisco Chronicle before the game that he wants to play the final season of his career in Oakland, his first big league team.

Cespedes, who signed a $110 million, four-year contract in the offseason to remain with the Mets, also said A's manager Bob Melvin is his favorite skipper and he doesn't think there's a better one.

"Bob's a great manager. I don't blame him," Collins said after the game. "This is the first I've heard of it."

After the game, Cespedes clarified his comments while speaking with reporters through a translator and said he meant no disrespect toward Collins or the Mets.