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First rainout in three years a welcome sight for A's; game rescheduled

First rainout in three years a welcome sight for A's; game rescheduled

UPDATE (2:15pm PT on Sunday): The game between the A's and Astros that was rained out Sunday will be made up on Saturday, Sept. 9 as a traditional doubleheader.

The first game will be played at the regularly scheduled time of 1:05pm. First pitch of the second game will occur approximately 25 minutes after the conclusion of the first game.

Tickets for the originally scheduled Sept. 9 game will be valid for both games. April 16 game tickets will not be valid for the Sept. 9 doubleheader.

Fans holding tickets for the postponed April 16 game can be exchanged for any future 2017 A's game.

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OAKLAND — The A’s had their first home rainout in three years Sunday, with no makeup date immediately announced for their game against the Houston Astros.

Players and coaches scattered about shortly after the late-morning announcement came down, some heading out to celebrate Easter with their families, or to watch the Warriors’ playoff game, or perhaps both.

Rainouts are a rarity indeed at the Coliseum. The A’s last home rainout came April 1, 2014, though three days after that, the team was forced to postgame a game when the traps weren’t put out and early-morning rain made the field unplayable.

At any rate, Sunday’s postponement was welcomed by A’s manager Bob Melvin from the standpoint that his overworked bullpen received an unexpected day off.

“You look at how the bullpen has been taxed here the last couple of days. We went from having a fresh bullpen to not having a fresh bullpen,” Melvin said. “If there’s silver linings as far as that goes, that would probably be the one that stands out the most for me.”

A’s starters Kendall Graveman and Sean Manaea threw just five innings each over the past two days, pressing the relief corps into action early. Melvin called four relievers into duty Friday and five Saturday to cover a total of eight innings, including Ryan Dull throwing both days. So as the Warriors and their fans geared up next door for Game 1 of the Western Conference quarterfinals, the tarp was out on Rickey Henderson Field inside the Coliseum.

The A’s are keeping their rotation the same, meaning all the starters simply get an extra day off. Jharel Cotton will pitch Monday’s series opener against the Texas Rangers, with Andrew Triggs going Tuesday and Jesse Hahn on Wednesday.

One date being considered for the makeup game, according to Melvin, is Sept. 7. That's an off-day for both the A's and Astros, as they're scheduled to begin a series at the Coliseum the very next day.

Also Sunday, the A’s placed shortstop Marcus Semien on the 10-day disabled list and recalled infielder Chad Pinder to take his roster spot. Semien has been diagnosed with a bone contusion in his right wrist, but a CT scan is scheduled for Monday to explore whether the injury might be more severe.

“They want to rest it and find out through the CT scan tomorrow what exactly it is,” Semien said. “(Is it) what initially the doctor said, which was a bone contusion, or if anything else is going on in there. We’ve gotta find out what the timetable would be either way. If it’s not broken, fractured or whatever, we’ll just take this 10 days to rest it and see where we go from there. We want to get it better than it is for sure.”

Melvin said Adam Rosales takes over as the primary shortstop for now, with Pinder backing up both him and second baseman Jed Lowrie.

 

A's notes: Failures with runners in scoring position an oddity in Twins series

A's notes: Failures with runners in scoring position an oddity in Twins series

OAKLAND -- The A's went 0-for-7 with runners in scoring position in Sunday's 5-1 loss, finishing their three-game series with the Twins an astounding 0-for-21 in that stat.

“That does not happen very often with us,” A's manager Bob Melvin said. “We're usually pretty good with runners in scoring position. We were not this series.

"Usually those things tend to even out. Unfortunately they didn't even out today.”

For the season, Oakland ranks sixth in MLB with a .268 batting average with runners in scoring position.

Some other notes from the day at the Coliseum ...

-- A's right-hander Trevor Cahill has allowed three or more runs in five consecutive starts, and he owns an ERA of 7.45 during that stretch. But Melvin thought he looked better against the Twins.

“I actually thought his delivery and his stuff -- the movement on his stuff -- were really good, some of the best we've seen,” Melvin said. “All things considered, I think it was a step in the right direction for him. The last time we saw him, he was completely out of whack and hurting a little bit. You could tell within his delivery, it just wasn't smooth. But I think he looked OK today.”

Cahill agreed" “My stuff was a lot better. I was able to command a lot better for the most part. I just couldn't get that out when I had to.”

-- Matt Olson blasted his 28th home run of the season to extend his career high. Those 28 homers also lead all American League first basemen.

"It's nice to see some results, for sure,” Olson said. “The more the merrier, but wins are No. 1 right now.”

-- A's catcher Jonathan Lucroy threw out his 27th attempted base stealer of the season, extending his major league lead. Lucroy also recorded his 79th assist of the season, an Oakland record for catchers.

-- J.B. Wendelken pitched a scoreless ninth to lower his ERA to 0.71. The young righty has allowed only one earned run in 12 2/3 innings for Oakland this season.

-- A's starting pitchers have a streak of 37 consecutive games of seven innings or fewer. A's starters have pitched 807 1/3 innings this season. The fewest in a non-strike season in A's history is 858 2/3 in 1997.

-- The A's fell to 39-20 since the All-Star break, still the best record in Major League Baseball.

Didi Gregorius wrist injury could impact A's-Yankees wild card game

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Didi Gregorius wrist injury could impact A's-Yankees wild card game

The New York Yankees suffered a big blow beyond Sunday's 6-3 loss to the 110-loss Orioles. It turns out shortstop Didi Gregorius tore cartilage in his right wrist when he slid home with the winning run in Saturday's game.

According to Yankees manager Aaron Boone, Gregorius could potentially miss the rest of the season.

Gregorius received a cortisone shot that reportedly made him feel better. He will be reevaluated in the coming days.

If Gregorius is unable to play in the American League wild card game, it would be a significant blow to New York, and a boon for the A's. The 28-year-old is slashing .268/.336/.498 with 27 home runs and 86 RBI. Perhaps more importantly, Gregorius is an elite defensive shortstop.

There is still a chance that Gregorius will be able to play in the play-in game, but if he can't, it would be a major advantage for Oakland. Gregorius has hit third, fourth, or fifth in the Yankees lineup recently, and losing his bat and glove would hurt. The Yankees would likely replace him with either rookie Gleyber Torres or recent pickup Adeiny Hechavarria.

The AL wild card game is set for October 3, giving Gregorius a week-and-a-half to recover.