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Manaea earns first win of MLB career as A's beat Rangers

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Manaea earns first win of MLB career as A's beat Rangers

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OAKLAND -- Marcus Semien homered in support of Sean Manaea, who allowed four hits over 6 2/3 innings, and the Oakland Athletics beat the Texas Rangers 3-1 on Monday night.

Khris Davis and Billy Butler drove in runs for the A's, who won for the third time in four games following a five-game losing skid.

Drew Stubbs drove in a run for the Rangers, who lost for just the third time in 10 games.

Manaea (1-1) earned his first major-league victory in his fourth career start. He entered the game with a gaudy 11.37 ERA. He gave up a run, walked one and struck out two.

Texas starter Derek Holland (3-3) turned in a quality start, though the one bad inning cost him. He gave up two runs and three hits over six innings. Holland walked one and struck out one and is winless over his last three starts.

Manaea retired 18 of the first 21 batters he faced and never had to labor through an inning. The left-hander, the A's No. 2 prospect, gave up eight runs in 2 2/3 innings in his last start, against the Boston Red Sox.

Holland took a no-hitter into the fourth and then got himself in trouble by hitting Billy Burns with a pitch and walking Danny Valencia sandwiched around a single by Josh Reddick. Davis hit a sacrifice fly and Butler followed with a single.

Semien hit his 10th home run, a solo shot off Luke Jackson that sailed over the fence in center field. Jackson was making his season debut.

Ryan Madson recorded the final three outs for his 11th save in as many chances.

TRAINER'S ROOM:

Rangers: Jackson, who opened the season on the DL with a lower back stress reaction, was recalled from Triple-A Round Rock. He appeared in seven games for the Rangers last year. ... RHP Tom Wilhelmsen, a six-year veteran, was optioned to Round Rock to clear a spot for Jackson. ... DH Prince Fielder, batting .090 (3 for 33) over his past nine games, was not in the starting lineup. Rangers manager Jeff Banister said he will play Tuesday night.

Athletics: RHP Henderson Alvarez suffered a small setback in his recovery from right shoulder surgery. He had to be removed from his last rehab start because of soreness in his shoulder. He returned to Oakland and will be examined by team doctors. ... C Josh Phegley (knee soreness) has missed six games and could be placed on the DL if he can't play by the next series. ... IF Jed Lowrie (right shin contusion) hit off a tee on Sunday and participated in baseball activities before Monday's game.

UP NEXT:

Rangers: LHP Cole Hamels (4-0, 2.95) brings a career-high 11-game winning streak into Tuesday's start. He won his only other start in Oakland, not allowing an earned run in six innings last September.

Athletics: LHP Eric Surkamp (0-3, 6.35) makes the start Tuesday night. He's looking for his first major-league victory since September 2014.

 

MLB commissioner Rob Manfred confident in A's Howard Terminal site

MLB commissioner Rob Manfred confident in A's Howard Terminal site

Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred expressed his confidence is the A's Howard Terminal site for a future ballpark on Tuesday, despite a recent report from the San Francisco Chronicle on hazardous chemicals and a costly cleanup. 

“I am aware of some of the issues that have been raised with respect to the site,” Manfred said to reporters during a news conference at the Glendale Civic Center. “I’m optimistic that we’re going to find a way that the A’s and government officials in Oakland will find a way to work through those issues to everyone’s satisfaction." 

Manfred praised the A's ownership and front office for their creativity in landing at Howard Terminal, too. 

“I give (owner) John Fisher and (president) Dave Kaval really high marks for the level of effort, creativity and commitment they have put into the project in terms of trying to find a site in Oakland that’s workable. They deserve a ton of credit.”

The A's have long been looking for a new ballpark. It seems every year, we hear rumblings of either a new location in Oakland, or a possible relocation outside of the Bay Area. Manfred made one thing clear -- he wants the team right here in Oakland. 

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“I think it’s important for us to stay in Oakland,” he said. “Most fundamentally because of our commitment to communities. But, you know, Oakland is a major-league market. We should have a club there.”

The A's moved from Kansas City to Oakland in 1968, and have remained at the Coliseum -- with its many names -- ever since. 

Why A's crowded outfield means there could be opportunity for trade

Why A's crowded outfield means there could be opportunity for trade

After last week's signing of 29-year-old Robbie Grossman, the A's find themselves with eight outfielders battling for three spots.

Stephen Piscotty and Ramón Laureano should have right and center field locked down, which leaves six players -- Grossman, Nick Martini, Mark Canha, Chad Pinder, Franklin Barreto, and Dustin Fowler -- vying for playing time in left.

While a team can never have too much depth, the A's still have other areas of need -- namely starting pitching. So it's worth asking, could a trade be in the works?

Barreto and Fowler probably carry the most value in a potential trade due to their youth and upside. Barreto, 22, has long been considered one of Oakland's top prospects, and despite limited playing time at the Major League level, he has shown flashes of his tremendous natural ability at the plate.

Fowler, 24, struggled in his first season with the A's last year, but performed extremely well in Triple-A, slashing.341/.364/.520 in 55 games. His short swing should eventually allow him to hit for a high average, and he has surprising natural power, not to mention plus speed.

Pinder and Canha also have some trade value. Pinder's versatility makes him an attractive option for any team. The 26-year-old can play any position besides pitcher and catcher (and he claims he can do those too). Pinder also has outstanding power, as he showed when he belted home runs of 460 feet and 448 feet in 2017.

Canha, 30, destroys left-handed pitching. Last season, he hit .282/.337/.604 with 13 home runs in 149 at-bats against southpaws. That makes him an excellent platoon option for any club.

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Martini and Grossman probably have the least trade value, but that should be just fine with A's fans. Martini, 28, hit .296 last season with an incredible .397 on-base percentage. Grossman wasn't far behind with a .273 batting average and .367 OBP. They are both excellent options in left field for Oakland.

Of course, the A's could elect to keep all eight outfielders to start the season and see how it plays out on the field. But don't be surprised if they move one or two of them in the next few months, especially if it means shoring up the starting rotation.