A's call up P Godfrey, Kouzmanoff outrighted

A's call up P Godfrey, Kouzmanoff outrighted


It was no secret the A's were going to select right-hander "Moonlight" Graham Godfrey from Triple-A Sacramento to make the start Friday night in Chicago and that lefty Bobby Cramer was most likely going to be sent back to the River Cats.What was more of a mystery, though, was how the A's, with interim manager Bob Melvin, would clear space on their 40-man roster to make room for Godfrey. The answer - beleaguered third baseman Kevin Kouzmanoff was outrighted to Sacramento, the latest in a string of demotions for the sixth-year veteran who was batting just .221 with four home runs and 17 RBI in 46 games with nine errors committed when he was optioned to the minors."Thank you for all the support everyone," Kouzmanoff Tweeted Thursday morning, "looking forward to getting on track in Sacramento."
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Godfrey, meanwhile, will be attempting to accomplish something that has not been done in more than a century - win his major league debut for a team on a losing streak of at least ten games.The last pitcher to do so was Ernie Ross of the old Baltimore Orioles on Sept. 17, 1902 (those Orioles would eventually move to New York and become the Yankees). Baltimore was riding an 11-game losing streak when Ross beat Boston in the second game of a double-header. It was Ross' lone victory as a big leaguer.Jim Mains was the last A's pitcher to make his MLB debut during a 10-plus game A's losing streak, on Aug. 22, 1943. The Philadelphia Athletics lost that day at Chicago's Comiskey Park to lose their 16th straight en route to a franchise-record 20 straight defeats. It was Mains' only major league appearance.
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Of course, Godfrey hopes to stick around and avoid the one-and-done tags of Ross and Mains.Godfrey, 26, is a combined 7-1 with a 2.32 ERA in 10 starts for Double-A Midland and Triple-A Sacramento this season with all of his decisions coming for the River Cats after one start at Midland. He is leading the Pacific Coast League in ERA (2.50) and lowest batting average against (.222). In 54 13 minor league innings in 2011, he has allowed two home runs while striking out 51 and walking 15.Originally drafted by Toronto in the 34th round of the 2006 first-year player draft, Godfrey was traded to the A's with right-hander Kristian Bell for utility player Marco Scutaro on Nov. 18, 2007. In five minor league seasons, Godfrey is a combined 33-32 with a 4.20 ERA in 119 appearances, 103 starts.

49ers trade up, select QB C.J. Beathard in third round of 2017 NFL Draft

49ers trade up, select QB C.J. Beathard in third round of 2017 NFL Draft

Position: Quarterback
College: Iowa
Height: 6-2
Weight: 219
Selection: Third round, No. 104 overall

SANTA CLARA -- The 49ers traded back into the end of the third round to select a quarterback to join Brian Hoyer and Matt Barkley on the 49ers' roster.

General manager John Lynch's fourth trade of the draft netted the team the grandson of legendary NFL personnel man Bobby Beathard. His grandson, C.J., joins the 49ers after a four-year career at Iowa. Beathard completed 58.6 percent of his passes last season with 17 touchdowns and 10 interceptions.

Beathard was not generally expected to be chosen within the first two days of the draft. He was the sixth quarterback selected, falling behind Mitch Trubisky, Patrick Mahomes, Deshaun Watson, Deshone Kizer and Davis Webb.

"They won't regret it," Beathard said on a conference call with the Bay Area media.

The 49ers traded up with the Minnesota Vikings. The Vikings had the No. 104 pick, and called the 49ers to see if they were interested in a trade. After some consideration, the 49ers decided to move up from No. 109 while also giving the Vikings a seventh-round pick at No. 219.

"Might he have been there at 109? That’s what we had to weigh," 49ers John Lynch said. "But at the end of the day, we felt like it was worth it to be able to go to bed knowing that we had a player that we liked and want the opportunity develop at the qargerback position."

And that's what coach Kyle Shanahan plans on doing. He said Beathard is not coming to the team this season to compete with Hoyer for the starting job.

"We’re bringing him in here to develop him and give him a chance, but just like any other position, everyone competes," Shanahan said. "Brian is our starting quarterback and, right now, Matt Barkley is our second. And I look at him to come in and be our third with us only having three on the roster.

"By no means did we come into this draft thinking we’re going to get a guy to compete with Brian."

Shanahan said Beathard and Pitt quarterback Nathan Peterman were the two quarterbacks in the draft who ran offenses in college most similar to the offense he will install with the 49ers.

"One thing that helps is being able to see guys play the way you’re going to ask them to play," Shanahan said. "It helps being at Iowa and watching the system he’s in. It’s easier to see to watch him over the years. He’s a three-year starter. He’s led his team to a bunch of wins, especially in 2015 when they had a better team and he played unbelievable."

As a junior at Iowa, Beathard completed 61.6 percent of his pass attempts for 2,809 yards with 17 touchdowns and five interceptions. 

"He’s a leader. He’s tough. He processes very well," Shanahan said. "He's extremely accurate and he lives and dies football."

Instant Replay: Davis goes deep twice, but A's get sloppy in loss to Astros

Instant Replay: Davis goes deep twice, but A's get sloppy in loss to Astros


HOUSTON – Khris Davis’ heroics only stretch so far.

The A’s slugger did all he could to keep his team in Friday night’s game, slamming two homers and driving in four runs, but it wasn’t enough as Oakland fell 9-4 in the opener of a three-game series against the Astros, who have won 10 in a row over Oakland.

That’s five losses in a row for the A’s, who got off to the kind of start Friday that suggested they might break back into the win column. With two aboard, Davis lit into a pitch from Charlie Morton and drove a three-run homer to right-center in the first.

But the early offense wasn’t enough to boost A’s starter Jharel Cotton, who gave up a career-high 10 hits and six runs over 4 1/3 innings. Only three of the runs were earned, due to three A’s errors, including a bizarre two catchers’ interference calls on Stephen Vogt, both with former teammate Josh Reddick batting.

Nevertheless, Cotton gave up too much hard contact. Davis’ second homer, a solo shot to right in the third, put the A’s ahead 4-3, but the Astros would come back to tie it in the fourth and take the lead for good with two runs in the fifth to send them on their way.

Morton struck out a career-high 12 over seven innings. All told, the A’s whiffed a total of 14 times, giving them a staggering 57 strikeouts over the past five games alone. Carlos Correa, Evan Gattis and Yuli Gurriel all drove in two runs for the American League West-leading Astros.

Starting pitching report

Cotton (2-3) heaved 30 pitches in a three-run first that had to be frustrating for him. It included the first of two catchers’ interference calls with Reddick batting. Cotton also got called for a balk when the ball slipped out of his hands while he was on the mound. With two outs, Carlos Beltran beat out an RBI infield single to the left side. Then Gurriel singled home a run and Gattis lofted a fly ball down the right field line that landed just fair and went for a run-scoring ground rule double. Cotton was trying to keep it a tie game in the fifth when Gattis got to him for an RBI single past Adam Rosales at shortstop to put Houston ahead 5-4.

Bullpen report

Cesar Valdez gave up three runs over three innings, as the Astros padded their lead in the late going.

At the plate

Davis’ two homers gives the A’s 29 for the month of April, the most they’ve hit in April since 2006, when they had 34. But the strikeouts are a mounting problem, and the A’s need to start finding more consistent sources of offense.

In the field

Reddick hurt the A’s with two hits and reached base four times overall, as he became just the seventh player in major league history to reach twice in one game on catcher’s infernece. But he also made an outstanding catch in right to rob Ryon Healy with two aboard in the eighth.


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Up next

Andrew Triggs (3-1, 2.42) will look to rebound from a shaky start against Seattle, and he’ll be opposed by Joe Musgrove (1-1, 5.91) in Saturday’s 4:10 p.m. game.