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Instant Replay: A's do it again, use extras to beat Angels in walk-off fashion

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Instant Replay: A's do it again, use extras to beat Angels in walk-off fashion

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OAKLAND —Apparently the A’s have done away with conventional winning.

They poured out of the home dugout once again to celebrate a 3-2 11-inning victory Monday over the Angels at the Coliseum, their third walk-off win in a row. It’s the first time the A’s have accomplished that feat in nearly 13 years.

Jed Lowrie homered with two outs in the bottom of the 11th off Deolis Guerra, his second home run of the game, and the A’s won for the fourth time in the past five. They caught Seattle for a share of third place in the American League West at 15-17.

After pulling out comeback victories in the bottom of the ninth each of the previous two days against Detroit, the A’s couldn’t end things in regulation Monday, though Ryon Healy flied out to the warning track to end the ninth.

Lowrie’s first homer came in the fourth to pull the A’s to within 2-1.

The last time the A’s posted three consecutive walk-off wins was June 1-3 2004, the first two against the White Sox are the third against the Blue Jays. All of those wins came in extra innings.

Starting pitching report

After Kendall Graveman allowed six runs in his previous start at Minneosta, this one had the makings of another rough night for the A’s right-hander. He gave up a two-run homer to Luis Valbuena in the first. Then he began the second by allowing Ben Revere’s double and a four-pitch walk to Cliff Pennington. But he escaped that inning unscored upon with help from a 4-6-3 double play, and the Angels would get no more off the right-hander. Graveman completed seven innings, scattering seven hits with six strikeouts and one walk over 95 pitches.

Bullpen report

Ryan Madson, Santiago Casilla and Liam Hendriks combined for four scoreless innings of relief to set the stage for another night of heroics.

At the plate

Lowrie led off the bottom of the fourth with a homer to right off Ricky Nolasco. An inning later, Trevor Plouffe hit an 0-1 pitch into the camera well beyond the center field wall for another solo shot that tied it. Plouffe came in hitting just .204, and on Sunday he’d snapped an 11-game streak without an RBI. Other than that, Nolasco was excellent for the Angels, giving up just the two runs over seven innings and striking out 10 without a walk.

In the field

Adam Rosales committed the game’s only error in the top of the 11th when he booted a grounder to put two runners aboard. But he made amends with a diving stop on the next batter to get a force out and the A’s escaped the inning unscored upon.

Attendance

The announced turnout was 10,292.

Up next

An odd stat to consider: Jharel Cotton (3-3, 4.64) is with 5-0 with a 1.67 ERA in five career starts during the day, but 0-3 with a 5.40 ERA in six starts at night. He’ll try for that first nighttime victory in Tuesday’s 7:05 p.m. game. Alex Meyer (0-1, 9.39) takes the hill for the Angels.

A's award-winning run this offseason 'really special' to organization

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A's award-winning run this offseason 'really special' to organization

The hardware just keeps rolling in for the Oakland A's.

Just look at the list of awards the A's have claimed over the past two weeks:
• AL Manager of the Year -- Bob Melvin
• Sporting News AL Manager of the Year -- Melvin
• MLB Executive of the Year -- Billy Beane
• Two Gold Gloves -- Matt Chapman and Matt Olson (plus two more finalists in Jed Lowrie and Marcus Semien)
• AL Platinum Glove -- Chapman
• Wilson Defensive Player of the Year -- Chapman

"It's really special," A's general manager David Forst said. "Seeing the individual awards has been great. It means a lot to everybody in the organization."

That list doesn't even include Edwin Jackson, who was named a finalist for the AL Comeback Player of the Year Award. The winner will be announced Monday.

The A's also were represented in the AL Cy Young Award and MVP voting -- Blake Treinen tied for sixth in the Cy Young race, and four A's finished in the top 20 of the MVP voting: Chapman (seventh), Khris Davis (eighth), Treinen (tied for 15th), and Jed Lowrie (tied for 20th).

"When it was announced on the network that Bob (Melvin) had won (AL Manager of the Year), you could hear the applause from all corners of our new office in Jack London Square," Forst said. "That was the case for both Gold Glove Awards, and really everything this offseason that has kind of energized the organization. It has been really special the last month."

Quite the momentum to take into an important offseason, as the A's search for starting pitching and other components that can help return them to the playoffs.

MLB rumors: A's, Yankees talked Sonny Gray deal, but no trade imminent

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MLB rumors: A's, Yankees talked Sonny Gray deal, but no trade imminent

It could be Sonny again in Oakland, but there's reportedly still a long way to go. 

The A's reached out to the Yankees about acquiring right-handed pitcher Sonny Gray, "but there is no present momentum in talks," MLB Network's Jon Morosi reported Friday. 

Last week, Fancred's Jon Heyman reported the A's were interested in re-acquiring Gray, who pitched in Oakland from 2013 to 2017 before being traded to New York. As Morosi noted, they've had no problem bringing back former pitchers, and there's good reason that a return to Oakland could bring the best out of Gray.

For one thing, he was a much better pitcher away from Yankee Stadium since the Bronx Bombers acquired him at the trade deadline in 2017. Gray went 6-7 with a 6.55 ERA and 1.70 WHIP in 88.0 innings in the Bronx. By contrast, he was 9-9 with a 2.84 ERA and 1.18 WHIP on the road. In 386.0 innings at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum with the A's, Gray was 25-20 with a 3.50 ERA and 1.17 WHIP.

Injuries to promising young starters such as Sean Manaea and A.J. Puk forced the A's to use a patchwork starting rotation down the stretch last season, and the team relied on a bullpenning strategy en route to its first playoff appearance in four years. As a result, A's executive vice president of baseball operations Billy Beane identified starting pitching as the team's top priority this offseason.

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Re-acquiring Gray would maintain the approach that kept the rotation afloat last season but offer the A's much more upside than bringing back Cahill and Anderson. With the Yankees actively looking to trade Gray, it makes a lot of sense for both teams.

Based on Morosi's report, it sounds like they'll have to start picking up the phone, though.