Instant Analysis: A's return favor, flex muscle on Nationals

Instant Analysis: A's return favor, flex muscle on Nationals


OAKLAND — The A’s did what they do best Saturday and turned the tables on the Nationals with their own lopsided victory.

After Washington hit five homers in winning Friday’s series opener, the A’s went deep four times in pounding the National League East leaders 10-4 a day later.

Ryon Healy homered twice and tied the A’s franchise record with four extra-base hits. Jed Lowrie went 3-for-5 with a homer and four RBI, as Oakland continued its season-long offensive philosophy of taking aim for the fences and seeing where it takes them. They’ve hit 82 home runs on the season, the most in franchise history through 55 games.

Another hallmark of the 2017 also resurfaced, as the A’s committed three errors to add to their major league-leading total. For one day at least, their power at the plate overshadowed their bumbling defense.

Healy and Lowrie became just the second set of teammates in Oakland history to homer and double twice in the same game. Reggie Jackson and Sal Bando also did it way back in 1969.

The only damper on the A’s afternoon was that starter Daniel Mengden didn’t secure his first career victory at the Coliseum. The right-hander was pulled after 4 2/3 innings, having allowed four runs on six hits and the A’s leading 7-4. He was at 90 pitches at the time, his season high after starting the season on the disabled list. Mengden entered the day 0-7 in eight starts at the Coliseum.

A's announce 2018 Opening Day starter


A's announce 2018 Opening Day starter

For the second straight season, Kendall Graveman will get the ball on Opening Day for the A's. And for the second straight year, he'll face Mike Trout and the Angels.

The team made the news official on Tuesday morning.

Last year, in a win over the Angels, Graveman went six innings, allowed two earned runs and struck out seven.

"It's something I don't take for granted. It's an honor and a privilege and [I just want to] try to get the season off to a good start and hopefully be a leader of this staff," Graveman told reporters Tuesday in Arizona.

In four seasons with the A's and Blue Jays, Graveman has a 4.11 ERA in 76 appearances.

A's agree to deal with familiar veteran pitcher


A's agree to deal with familiar veteran pitcher

UPDATE (Mar. 19, 7:45 p.m. PT): The A's officially announced the Cahill signing on Monday. This story has been updated to reflect that.

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

Oakland agreed to a one-year deal with Trevor Cahill, nearly 12 years after the A's drafted him in the second round. 

Cahill 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.