Pratt's Instant Replay: Athletics 6, Red Sox 1

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Pratt's Instant Replay: Athletics 6, Red Sox 1

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OAKLAND -- After defeating Japanese sensation Yu Darvish on Sunday, the A's returned home and made short work of Daisuke Matsuzaka. The A's batted around in the second inning, knocking Matsuzaka out of the game with just 28 pitches. The end result was a 6-1 win over the Red Sox. At the PlateJosh Reddick was traded to the A's from Boston in the offseason. The move appears to be a highly regrettable one for the Red Sox organization. Reddick launched his 19th home run of the season in the first inning against his former team. Andrew Bailey, the guy he was traded for, hasn't pitched in a game yet for Boston. Brandon Moss hit his ninth homer of the year. It was a three-run blast against his former team as well. Moss was drafted by the Boston in 2002, and played for the Red Sox in 2007 and 2008. Between Chris Carter and Moss, the A's first basemen have homered in their last four games. A's first baseman have a combined 15 home runs this season. Carter (2), Kila Ka'aihue (3), and Moss (9). Last year Daric Barton (0), Connor Jackson (4) and Brandon Allen (3) combined for seven homers. Derek Norris singled in the sixth inning to extend his hitting streak to seven games. He then stole second base. It was Norris' first career steal. He advanced to third on a Moss single and scored on a Brandon Inge sacrifice fly to center field. Starting Pitching ReportJarrod Parker got his first career win on May 1 in Boston. He shut them down again for his fifth career win, allowing just one run. Parker, 23, has now allowed one run or less in 10 of his first 14 starts. He is the first pitcher to do so since 1918. According to our resident A's historian David Feldman, Ferdie Schupp of the New York Giants was the last pitcher to pull off the feat. He did it with some relief appearances mixed in though. He threw 103 pitches, giving up six hits, while striking out three and walking three. Parker is proving to be a frontline starting pitcher. Bullpen ReportSean Doolittle brought the left-handed heat, topping out at 95 MPH. He threw 28 pitches over 2.1 innings of work, striking out three and allowing no hits. In the FieldCliff Pennington made a gritty double play in the first inning. He fielded a ball hit by David Ortiz deep in the hole, ran full speed toward the bag, just beating a sliding Pedroia, then leaped and threw out Ortiz at first. Parker ended the sixth inning by getting Adrian Gonzalez to ground out to him, he threw the ball to Pennington who tagged the bag and fired to first for the 1-6-3 double play. AttendanceThe A's announced a crowd of 17,434. Up NextBartolo Colon will make his return to the mound on Tuesday when he is eligible to return from the disabled list. The right-handed veteran has been out since June 18 with a strained right oblique muscle. "He's ready to go," A's manager Bob Melvin said. "A few days a go it looked like he got threw a hurdle and he was looking forward to pitching."Colon is 6-7 with 4.22 ERA, 55 strikeouts and 16 walks. He is 8-11 with a 4.08 ERA in 24 career starts against the Red Sox. "He was telling me a week ago that he was going to get two starts in before the All-Star break was over," Melvin said.

A’s agree to terms with Gray, Hendriks and Vogt to avoid arbitration

A’s agree to terms with Gray, Hendriks and Vogt to avoid arbitration

The Oakland A’s avoided arbitration with right-handed pitchers Sonny Gray and Liam Hendriks and catcher Stephen Vogt when they agreed to terms on one-year contracts for the 2017 season, the club announced today.

Gray went 5-11 with a 5.69 ERA in 22 starts last year in a season shortened by two stints on the disabled list.  His ERA was more than 2½ runs higher than his previous career high and his five wins follow back-to-back 14-win seasons.  Gray went 33-20 with a 2.88 ERA 76 games over his first three seasons with the A’s and now has a 3.42 ERA in his career, which ranks ninth in Oakland history.

Hendriks compiled a 3.76 ERA and .270 opponents batting average in 53 relief appearances in his first season with the A’s.  He had an 8.27 ERA and .394 opponents batting average in 11 games before going on the disabled list in early May with a strained right triceps.  Hendriks then logged a 2.23 ERA and .222 opponents batting average in 42 games following his return from the DL.

Vogt played in a career-high 137 games last year and hit .251 with 14 home runs and 56 RBI.  He also had career bests with 123 hits, 30 doubles and 46 extra base hits.  Vogt was named to his second consecutive American League All-Star team.

The only remaining arbitration eligible player on the A’s roster is Khris Davis.

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Mariners swing pair of trades, bolster rotation with addition of Smyly

Mariners swing pair of trades, bolster rotation with addition of Smyly

SEATTLE -- Jerry Dipoto's 11th trade this offseason rounded out the Seattle Mariners roster with his top target.

"I've probably spent more time through the course of our offseason trying to acquire Drew Smyly than any other thing that we've done," the general manager said Wednesday.

Seattle made pair of deals on Wednesday that ultimately landed Smyly, a pitcher Dipoto thinks will fill out the Mariners starting rotation. Seattle also landed a potential key reliever, getting right-hander Shae Simmons from the Atlanta Braves.

The Mariners acquired outfielder Mallex Smith from Atlanta, then sent him to Tampa Bay along with infielder Carlos Vargas and left-hander Ryan Yarbrough for Smyly. Smith was also an offseason target for the Mariners but when Seattle acquired Jarrod Dyson from Kansas City last week, Smith instead became the conduit in helping to obtain Smyly.

"It became apparent to us over the last two or three days that we were able to access Drew Smyly by making the deal with Atlanta that tapped into Mallex Smith," Dipoto said. "So effectively these were two deals that were interlinked."

Smyly is the centerpiece of what Seattle was trying to accomplish as the Mariners seem to have rounded out a starting rotation that appeared to be a major question at the start of the year. The acquisitions of Smyly and Yovani Gallardo from Baltimore last week appear to have filled out a rotation where Felix HernandezHisashi Iwakuma and James Paxton were the only certainties.

Smyly, 27, made 30 starts last season for Tampa Bay, throwing a career-high 175 1/3 innings and striking out 167. He was 7-12 with a 4.88 ERA, but starting pitching is one of Tampa Bay's strongest assets, and Rays senior vice president of baseball operations and general manager Erik Neander felt comfortable making the deal because of the depth the Rays have in that area.

Smyly was 15-15 with a 3.95 ERA in 49 starts for Tampa Bay after being acquired from Detroit in the 2014 trade deadline deal that sent David Price to the Tigers. He is arbitration eligible after winning $3.75 million in an arbitration hearing last season.

"He fits our ballpark particularly well. He's a pretty extreme fly-ball pitcher with the low walks, high strikeouts, who in our ballpark, with what we think is a greatly improved outfield defense fits us like a glove really," Dipoto said. "If as we expect he shows up and does his thing it should fit very well for us in this ballpark."

What Smith may be able to add was attractive to Neander, who said the trade was made to help position the Rays to be competitive in 2017. He stopped short of saying he expects Smith to make the team coming out of spring training.

"We need to get better," Neander said. "To do that, we need more competition" for jobs.

Simmons is also a key acquisition for Seattle, providing another power arm in the bullpen. Simmons, 26, made seven appearances last season while recovering from Tommy John surgery and threw just 6 2/3 big league innings. Before elbow issues, Simmons was 1-2 with a 2.91 ERA in 26 appearances during the 2014 season.

"He's had a strong history with striking (batters) out and (we're) really excited to plug him in," Dipoto said.

The cost for Seattle to complete to two deals meant giving up two of its top pitching prospects in Yarbrough and Luiz Gohara. Yarbrough, 25, was named the Southern League pitcher of the year after going 12-4 with a 2.95 ERA at Double-A Jackson last season. Gohara, 20, was 7-2 with a 1.81 ERA and 81 strikeouts in 13 starts at two Class A stops.

Seattle also sent lefty Thomas Burrows to Atlanta and designated right-hander Cody Martin for assignment to make room on its 40-man roster.