Fall Stars Game: A's prospect Manaea lights out on mound


Fall Stars Game: A's prospect Manaea lights out on mound

The A's were represented on the mound and in the field during Saturday's Arizona Fall League All-Star Game, known as the Fall Stars Game. 

Sean Manaea, the headliner in a trade that sent Ben Zobrist from the A's to the Royals, received the starting nod on the hill for the East squad. And, he didn't disappoint. 

Manaea, a 6-foot-5 left-hander, threw two scoreless innings while striking out four and only walking one batter. He didn't surrender one hit, tossing 31 pitches and 20 strikes. 

Manaea is ranked as the A's No. 3 prospect by

Batting third and playing shortstop for the AFL East team was A's prospect, Chad Pinder. 

Pinder, 23, went 1-for-4 with a single, but also committed a throwing error. The A's drafted him 71st overall in the 2013 MLB Draft out of Virginia Tech. 

Pinder is ranked as the A's No. 7 prospect by

Rounding out the young A's products, was third baseman Renato Nunez. 

The 21-year-old Venezuelan started at third base and batted seventh for AFL East. Nunez was hitless, going 0-for-2 with a strikeout. 

Nunez is ranked as the No. 6 A's prospect by

The West defeated the East, 8-3.

Brett Anderson 'should be fine' after injuring neck in win vs. Indians

Brett Anderson 'should be fine' after injuring neck in win vs. Indians

A's left-hander Brett Anderson looked sharp for 5 1/3 innings, allowing just one run on five hits, as the A's beat the Indians 6-4 for their fourth straight win.

Anderson improved to 5-3 on the season, despite having to leave the game with a cervical strain in the sixth inning.

The 31-year-old actually suffered the injury an inning earlier when he ducked to avoid a broken bat. The A's training staff came out to examine him, but he stayed in the game to finish the fifth inning.

Anderson came back out to start the sixth, but exited after two batters with discomfort in his neck.

"It's a little sore, a little stiff, but should be fine going forward," Anderson told reporters after the game. "Kind of another fluky thing that probably I only have to deal with. I break a guy's bat and I don't know where the barrel is going, and my neck starts to spasm up."

A's manager Bob Melvin didn't seem too concerned about Anderson missing time.

"He's alright," Melvin told reporters. "It's a neck strain. When the bat broke and went back, he kind of snapped his neck a little bit, so we'll see how he is tomorrow."

Anderson believed that he probably could have stayed in the game if he had to, but thought better of it.

"My range of motion going to the inside part of the plate was limited and I need to have all of my pitches going to both sides of the plate," he said. "It's one of those things where you get out of it while it's not too bad."

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Despite the fluky injury, Anderson still kept his dry sense of humor.

"With my luck, if I stand there, (the bat) impales me and I probably bleed out on the mound or something crazy."

Thankfully, that didn't happen.

A's vs. Indians lineups: Khris Davis out again to begin Cleveland series


A's vs. Indians lineups: Khris Davis out again to begin Cleveland series

The A's carry a three-game winning streak into Cleveland as they open a three-game series with the Indians on Monday.

Oakland will once again be without designated hitter Khris Davis, who has been battling a left hip contusion since crashing into the left-field side wall in Pittsburgh more than two weeks ago. The 31-year-old missed Saturday's game in Detroit before returning to the lineup on Sunday and going 1-for-4.

Davis' swing has clearly been affected by the hip ailment, as he is failing to generate the same torque we're used to seeing. He has also noticeably grimaced on multiple occasions.

Mark Canha will fill in as the A's DH and bat sixth in the lineup. Stephen Piscotty moves up to the cleanup spot and Jurickson Profar will bat fifth.

Left-hander Brett Anderson takes the hill for Oakland, looking for his fifth win of the season. He has found previous success against the Indians, going 3-0 with a 0.82 ERA and 0.76 WHIP in five career starts.

Cleveland will counter with right-hander Carlos Carrasco, who has had his own success against the A's. In six career starts against Oakland, Carrasco is 4-1 with a 2.89 ERA and 0.84 WHIP. 

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Here are the full lineups for the A's-Indians game, which will be broadcast on NBC Sports California and the MyTeams app. Coverage begins at 2:30 p.m. PT, with first pitch at 3:10. 

Oakland A's (22-25)

Marcus Semien, SS
Matt Chapman, 3B 
Matt Olson, 1B 
Stephen Piscotty, RF 
Jurickson Profar, 2B 
Mark Canha, DH
Robbie Grossman, LF 
Ramón Laureano, CF 
Josh Phegley, C

Brett Anderson, LHP (4-3, 4.41 ERA)

Cleveland Indians (25-20)

Francisco Lindor, SS
Jason Kipnis, 2B
Carlos Santana, 1B
Jordan Luplow, RF
José Ramírez, 3B
Roberto Pérez, C
Carlos González, DH
Oscar Mercado, LF
Leonys Martin, CF

Carlos Carrasco, RHP (4-3, 4.18 ERA)