Graveman exits game early, A's can't slow Astros' deep lineup

Graveman exits game early, A's can't slow Astros' deep lineup


OAKLAND -- Nori Aoki homered and drove in two runs to help the Houston Astros beat the Oakland Athletics 7-2 Friday night for their third straight win.

Brian McCann had three RBIs with a two-run double and a sacrifice fly to help Dallas Keuchel (2-0) win in Oakland for the first time in seven games, including six starts.

Khris Davis homered - his fifth of the season - in his first at-bat for the A's, who lost their second straight.

A's starter Kendall Graveman took a shutout into the fifth inning, which Aoki ruined with a leadoff homer over the right- field fence.

Graveman left after the fifth. He gave up five hits, walked two and did not strike out a hitter. Ryan Madsen (0-1) gave up a run and three hits while getting just two outs.

Houston's Jose Altuve reached base in all five plate appearances, extending his streak to a career-high 11 straight.

Madsen got the first two outs in the sixth and then gave up singles to McCann and Marwin Gonzalez. Aoki hit a high chopper toward second that be beat on a play challenged by the A's that was upheld.

A seventh-inning error by Trevor Plouffe, who homered in the ninth, led to three unearned runs, including two on McCann's double. Plouffe also erred in the ninth, allowing two more unearned runs to score.


Astros outfielder Josh Reddick returned to the Coliseum for the first time since the A's traded him to the Los Angeles Dodgers last July. "It's always fun to play here," Reddick said. "There are a lot of good guys and great friends here. The good thing about playing in Houston is I get to watch these guys play more often." Reddick had a personal fan club in the right field bleachers with whom he's spent time with outside the park. "I'm sure I'll be heckled. I don't expect anything less. From the first pitch thrown, you're the enemy." Reddick spent 4 1/2 years in Oakland, where he became a full-time player.


Astros: RHP Chris Devenski has thrown four innings in each of his first two appearances. Manager A.J. Hinch would prefer he make more appearances with fewer innings moving forward.

Athletics: RHP Sonny Gray will throw three innings or 45 pitches in extended spring training and at least two more bullpens before rejoining the team. Manager Bob Melvin hopes to have him back by May 1.


Astros: RHP Lance McCullers has struck out 20 A's hitters in 15 2/3 innings. He struck out in his last outing against the Kansas City Royals.

A's: LHP Sean Manaea will make his fifth career start against the Astros. He's 0-1 with a 1.69 ERA against them.

Report: A's agree to deal with familiar veteran pitcher


Report: A's agree to deal with familiar veteran pitcher

On the same day the Oakland A's learned they'd be without Jharel Cotton all season, they reportedly reached an agreement with a familiar face to bolster their pitching depth. 

Oakland agreed to a one-year, Major League deal with Trevor Cahill pending the results of a physical, according to's Jane Lee. 

Cahill, a 2006 A's second-round draft pick, pitched for Oakland from 2009-11. He started 96 games in three seasons with the A's, going 40-35 with a 3.91 ERA and 1.32 WHIP. Since Oakland traded him to the Arizona Diamondbacks in Dec. 2011, Cahill's pitched for six teams. 

The 30-year-old won a World Series ring with the Chicago Cubs in 2016, and pitched for the San Diego Padres and Kansas City Royals last season. In 2017, he went 4-3 in 21 appearances (14 starts) with a 4.93 ERA and 1.62 WHIP. 

A's Jharel Cotton to undergo Tommy John surgery, miss 2018 season


A's Jharel Cotton to undergo Tommy John surgery, miss 2018 season

The A's will be without starting pitcher Jharel Cotton for the entire 2018 season as he is set to undergo Tommy John surgery. 

Cotton, 26, went 9-10 with a 5.58 ERA in 2017 after a rookie season in which he went 2-0 with a 2.15 ERA in five starts. Leading up to the injury, he was 0-1 with a 3.75 ERA over four appearances in spring training.

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