A's Insider notes: No news good news for Braden?


A's Insider notes: No news good news for Braden?

May 9, 2011A'S PAGE A'SVIDEO

No news on Braden - Dallas Braden was scheduled to meet with noted orthopedic surgeon Dr. James Andrews today in Pensacola, Fla., for a second opinion on his stiff left shoulder but there was no announcement coming from the A's in Arlington, Texas. In fact, there may not be any official news until following Braden's third opinion, with New York Mets physician David Altchek, which is scheduled for Tuesday. Still, the A's may not announce any findings until later in the week.
The Power of the Appeal - So was deemed Josh Willingham's three-run home run in the third inning by our A's analyst FernandoVia. Willingham, you'll recall, was slapped with a one-game suspension earlier in the day for bumping umpire Bill Miller on Saturday in Kansas City. But with his appeal of the penalty, the A's left fielder was able to play, much to the dismay of Texas starter C.J. Wilson. And, later, Rangers reliever Ryan Tucker, after Willingham's first-pitch, bases load single scored two. Willingham had five RBI.RECAP: Cahill, Willingham lead A's to 7-2 win in Texas
Kouz sitsagain - So struggling third baseman Kevin Kouzmanoff has a seeming breakthrough game Sunday with his first two-hit game since April 23, including a home run, and he, and his 4.75-million salary finds himself riding the bench in favor of Andy LaRoche. Wait, what? Simmer down. Manager Bob Geren explained before the game that LaRoche has had great success against lefties. In fact, LaRoche was hitting at a .421 clip against southpaws, which is what Texas starter C.J. Wilson is. LaRoche was 0-for-1 with two walks against Wilson.Darth 'Dactyl does the deed - Yes, it's too early to talk Cy Young. But is it too soon to start throwing All-Star Game start around? Trevor Cahill improved to 8-2 in his career against the Rangers, 3-0 in Texas. Perhaps more impressive, though, is this interesting nugget observed by A's radio man Vince Cotroneo - of Cahill's 52 innings pitched this season, 45 13 have been scoreless innings.GUTIERREZ: Too early for Cy Cahill talk, but not for All-Star start
A's over the hump, finally? - Four time before tonight the A's entered a game sitting one game over .500. Four times, they lost and fell back to .500. So having finally jumped a season-best two games over, could the, ahem, milestone serve as a springboard for the A's? They certainly hope so, though having beaten the defending American League champs four out of five times should also do wonders for confidence.

Hundley still not ready to discuss future; Cain to start during final weekend

Hundley still not ready to discuss future; Cain to start during final weekend

PHOENIX — A few weeks ago, Nick Hundley said he preferred not to talk about his future until the end of the season. We’re close enough, so after hitting the go-ahead homer Monday night, Hundley was again asked about his 2018 plans. He smiled.

“How many have we got left? Five?” he said. “Ask me Sunday.”

It’s not just the media and fans seeking an answer from the popular backup who has nine homers. The Giants hope to get some feel from Hundley as they finalize offseason plans, and manager Bruce Bochy said he would talk to the veteran this week. Bochy left no doubt about what he hopes will happen.

“I think he knows what we think of him,” he said. 

Hundley, a 34-year-old who came over in the offseason, has been one of the few overachievers this season. He has 32 extra-base hits in 274 at-bats, taking advantage of increased time with Brandon Belt done for the year and Buster Posey sliding over to first base. Hundley is one of the lineup’s more potent right-handed options, and he has earned praise from the starting staff. Johnny Cueto said Hundley helped him navigate a post-clinch Diamondbacks lineup that was essentially pulled straight out of Triple-A. 

Cueto did so with ease, striking out eight in six innings. He evened his record at 8-8, and he’ll have a chance to clinch a winning season on Sunday. Bochy said Cueto will start the final game of the season, and he confirmed that Matt Cain will start either Friday or Saturday. Asked for more details, the manager kept it just as mysterious as his catcher. 

“I’ll let you know tomorrow,” he said.

Mariners club four home runs, end A's seven-game winning streak

Mariners club four home runs, end A's seven-game winning streak


OAKLAND -- Mitch Haniger homered twice and Felix Hernandez won for the first time in more than two months as the Seattle Mariners defeated the Oakland Athletics 7-1 on Monday night.

A day after being eliminated from playoff contention, the slumping Mariners snapped Oakland's season-high seven-game winning streak and its eight-game run at home - the team's second-longest in 11 years.

The Mariners had lost eight of nine.

Hernandez (6-5) gave up one run in six innings of two-hit ball. King Felix hadn't won since July 15, a stretch that included a stint on the disabled list from Aug. 2 to Sept. 13 with right shoulder bursitis. He was 0-2 with a 5.40 ERA in his previous five starts.

Haniger hit his 15th and 16th home runs off starter Daniel Gossett (4-10). The 24-year-old Oakland rookie gave up seven runs on a career-high four homers allowed.

Mike Zunino hit a three-run shot, his 24th, that broke a scoreless tie in the second. Yonder Alonso added his 26th homer, connecting against his former team.

Marcus Semien hit a solo homer off Hernandez in the sixth.

Andrew Albers pitched three shutout innings for his first save.

A's catcher Bruce Maxwell played his first game since becoming the first player in the majors to kneel during the national anthem Saturday, part of a national protest movement against discrimination and harsh treatment of blacks by police. He was greeted with a loud ovation along with some boos sprinkled in from the Oakland crowd of 9,329. Maxwell cleared the concussion protocol on Monday. He hadn't played since Sept. 20.

In an apparent show of support for Maxwell, most of the Oakland Unified School District band members took a knee as they performed the national anthem before the game.

2,500 CLUB:
The 31-year-old Hernandez became the fifth active pitcher to log more than 2,500 career innings.

Mariners: INF Jean Segura (sprained right middle finger) will likely miss the remainder of the series, manager Scott Servais said. "He wants to get in there before the season's over. It's important to him, but he's not going to be available for a couple of days," Servais said.

Athletics: 1B Matt Olson was scheduled to have an MRI to determine the severity of a hamstring injury he sustained Sunday. The 23-year-old rookie will miss the rest of the series, manager Bob Melvin said. Olson has 25 home runs in 189 at-bats. "We're hoping we can get him back in Texas, but I'm not so sure about that," Melvin said. ... LHP Sean Manaea, who missed his last scheduled start on Saturday with upper back tightness, threw a bullpen and is on track to make his next start Thursday, Melvin said.

Mariners: LHP James Paxton (12-5, 3.03 ERA) is 0-2 with a 9.00 ERA in two starts since coming off the DL on Sept. 14. He had been sidelined with a strained left pectoral muscle. Paxton is 3-0 with a 3.77 ERA in five career starts against Oakland.

Athletics: RHP Daniel Mengden (2-1, 3.30) is 2-0 with a 0.82 ERA in his last three starts. Mengden took the loss in his only career start against Seattle last season. He struck out six and gave up two runs on five hits and two walks in five innings.