Pratt's Instant Replay: Orioles 9, Athletics 5

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Pratt's Instant Replay: Orioles 9, Athletics 5

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OAKLAND -- The A's couldn't find a way to sweep the Orioles on Sunday at the Oakland Coliseum but they still managed to win the series. Baltimore took the series finale with 8-4 win. It was an uncharacteristically wild day for the A's pitching staff. They used a season-high seven pitchers and combined for nine walks.Starting Pitching ReportRookie starting pitcher Dan Straily had major issues with Baltimore's catcher Matt Weiters. In the second inning Straily allowed a solo homer on a 2-2 slider to Wieters that looked like it caught a little too much of the plate. Wieters got him again on a fastball, cranking another solo homer to right field to leadoff the fourth inning. The third time Wieters stepped to the plate was in the fifth inning and he was greeted with an intentional walk to load the bases.After walking Wieters, Straily issued a two-out free pass to Mark Reynolds scoring the Orioles' fourth run. That ended his day.A's starting pitchers had walked three or fewer batters in each of their last 44 games which is the longest streak since for the A's since at least 1921. The five walks allowed by Straily snapped the streak. He lasted four and two-third innings, allowed four runs, and five hits.In the third inning Straily gave up a game-tying single on a tough ball hit to Josh Donaldson that the third baseman couldn't come up with.Bullpen ReportTravis Blackley entered with the bases loaded in the fifth inning. He was able to stop the bleeding by getting Manny Machado to ground out to end the frame. He remained in the game for the sixth inning but was pulled with two runners on and one out. He allowed a single and a walk.Evan Scribner entered in relief of Blackley. He allowed a sharp single to right field to load the bases and was pulled for Pedro Figueroa. With the bases loaded and one out Figueroa threw one pitch inducing a foul pop out. A's manager Bob Melvin then brought in his fourth pitcher of the inning, Tyson Ross. He struck out Jones swinging to end the inning. Four pitchers combined to hold the Orioles scoreless in a key situation in the sixth inning.Ross remained in the game for the seventh inning and got himself into a jam. He walked the first two batters in the inning and then allowed an RBI double to Manny Machado and a two-run single to Endy Chavez to give the Orioles a 7-2 lead.Jim Miller was the sixth pitcher used. He allowed a single then struck out the side in the seventh inning. He remained in the game and pitched a scoreless eighth inning.Jesse Chavez pitched the ninth inning. He gave up back-to-back doubles to start the inning putting the Orioles up by four runs. He was tagged for another RBI single off the bat of Chris Davis making it a 9-4 game.At the PlateJosh Reddick stepped to the plate in the first inning and smoked a 2-0 slider deep into the right field stands for his 29th homer of the season. The ball almost had the distance to hit the facing of the second deck. It gave the A's a 2-0 lead. He also added a two-out ninth inning RBI single.After Reddick's homer, Yoenis Cespedes reached on a double and Chris Carter followed with a walk. Josh Donaldson grounded into a 1-4-3 double play to end the inning.The A's put two runners on base in the fourth and fifth innings but failed to score.In the eighth inning the A's got back in striking distance. Donaldson reached on a single and Stephen Drew crushed his second homer in as many days to make it a 7-4 game.In the FieldIn the sixth inning Drew made a full extension dive ranging to his right, sat up and tossed the ball to second base for the force out. Drew has really turned some heads in Oakland with his defense.AttendanceThe A's announced an attendance of 20,539. It was Fiesta Day at the Coliseum.Dot RaceThe A's did a festive version of the dot race with Spanish language commentary by Amaury Pi-Gonzalez. White won the race. White has won 1,024 races, gold has won five, and green has only won three.Up NextThe A's will use their final day off the season to travel to Detroit. They will pick up where they left off on Tuesday with A.J. Griffin (6-0, 1.94 ERA) on the mound. He will be opposed by Max Scherzer (16-6, 3.77 ERA).

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.