A's option Ross to Sacramento, recall LHP Figueroa


A's option Ross to Sacramento, recall LHP Figueroa

OAKLAND -- A day after giving the As six strong innings in awin over the San Diego Padres, right-handed pitcher Tyson Ross has beenoptioned back to Triple-A Sacramento.The As recalled left-handed pitcher Pedro Figueroa, and Ross was the rostercasualty.His ballstrike ratio wasnt the best, but he gave us all that was expected ofhim and more, Melvin said of Ross, who allowed two runs on one hit and fourwalks in a 6-4 win Saturday.Figueroa will join the big-league club for the second time this season aftergetting his first call on April 21. While his 2.00 ERA in his first eight gamesimpressed the club, he also walked nine batters in 9.0 innings and was optionedback to Sacramento on May 22. With the River Cats, Figueroa owns a 1.96 ERA andhas yet to allow a home run in 18.1 innings.

Instant Analysis: Casilla blows it in ninth, denies Melvin of 1,000th win

Instant Analysis: Casilla blows it in ninth, denies Melvin of 1,000th win


With two swings, the Blue Jays delivered an absolute gut-punch to the A’s on Wednesday night.

Justin Smoak hit a two-run game-tying homer off Santiago Casilla in the ninth. On the next pitch, Kendrys Morales swatted a walk-off shot to give Toronto a stunning 3-2 victory at the Rogers Center.

That once again denied A’s manager Bob Melvin his 1,000th career victory, which the A’s seemed poised to celebrate. Rookie Paul Blackburn also had a much-deserved victory snatched away from him after he threw seven scoreless innings.

Oakland has dropped three straight north of the border since giving Melvin career win No. 999. A lack of offense doomed them in the first two games of this four-game series, and they got precious little scoring Wedesnday. But Marcus Semien’s two-run homer in the fifth seemed to be all the offense they would need, and the A’s took a 2-0 lead into the bottom of the ninth.

Blake Treinen handled the eighth to get the ball to Casilla, who’s had a turbulent ride as the A’s closer after signing a two-year deal to return to Oakland in the offseason. Wednesday’s meltdown accounted for his sixth blown save. He entered the night tied for third for most blown saves in the American League.

The A’s are short on late-inning options after recently trading Sean Doolittle and Ryan Madson to the Washington Nationals.

Former A's starter designated for assignment by Cubs


Former A's starter designated for assignment by Cubs

CHICAGO — The Chicago Cubs have cut left-hander Brett Anderson.

The 29-year-old Anderson had been sidelined by a lower back strain. He was activated from the 60-day disabled list before Wednesday night’s game against the White Sox and then designated for assignment.

Anderson signed a $3.5 million, one-year contract with the Cubs over the winter. He went 2-2 with an 8.18 ERA in six starts.

Anderson, who has been hampered by injuries throughout his career, is 40-45 with a 3.99 ERA in 133 games with the Athletics, Rockies, Dodgers and Cubs.