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Watch A's Ramon Laureano rob Blue Jays of homer, start odd double play

Watch A's Ramon Laureano rob Blue Jays of homer, start odd double play

We're accustomed to Ramón Laureano doing incredible things with his arm. But on Sunday, the A's center fielder made one of the most incredible catches to rob the Blue Jays' Teoscar Hernandez of a two-run homer.

That wasn't the end of the play, though. Laureano fired the ball back toward first base in an attempt to double off Justin Smoak. The throw sailed over past first base and almost went into the dugout, so Smoak tried to advance to second. That's when A's catcher Nick Hundley, who backed up the play in Oakland Coliseum's expansive foul territory, fielded the ball and threw to second to get Smoak.

It was such an incredible play that A's broadcaster Dallas Braden lost his mind as the action unfolded.

Before Sunday's game, A's manager Bob Melvin spoke to the San Francisco Chronicle about what Laureano is doing on defense.

“We’ve seen [Laureano] do some big things, and now his name is getting around the league," Melvin told The Chronicle's Ron Kroichick. "Maybe they don’t run on him and you keep the double play in order. A lot of things transpire because of [a good arm], not just on the plays where he is throwing out guys.”

Melvin's words were prophetic, as Laureano made something incredible happen with his arm after the catch.

Keep doing incredible things, Ramón. We're enjoying this.

A's considering removing struggling Lou Trivino from late-inning role

A's considering removing struggling Lou Trivino from late-inning role

OAKLAND -- To call this a rough stretch for Lou Trivino would be an understatement.

Since May 29, the A's reliever has been pinned with five losses, the most recent coming Sunday afternoon against the lowly Seattle Mariners. Trivino allowed four runs (one earned) on two hits and two walks in just a third of an inning, suffering his fourth blown save of the season.

"It's frustrating," Trivino said. "Cutter wasn't there today, fastball wasn't there, curveball wasn't there. It just wasn't a good day."

In his last nine outings, Trivino has gone 0-5 with a 12.46 ERA, allowing 16 runs (12 earned) in 8 2/3 innings. During that period, the right-hander's season ERA has ballooned from 2.42 to 4.93.

"I think right now with Lou, it's more location than anything else," A's manager Bob Melvin said. "His stuff is still good. He's still throwing 98. He's still throwing 93 mile-an-hour cutters. He's getting behind in the count. He's walking guys. He's just coming out a little bit early and having a tough time finding the strike zone. I think that's just the issue with him right now. It certainly isn't stuff."

Trivino agreed with that assessment, explaining that it's a mechanical issue with his delivery.

"I think I'm just drifting a little bit, getting out ahead of myself," he said. "I'm not behind the ball. ... I'm not quite filling up the zone, and when I am, it's just not in the areas that I want."

While Melvin quickly dismissed any notion of sending Trivino to Triple-A, he did not rule out a potential role change for Oakland's primary setup man.

"We'll take a look at it," Melvin said. "This guy is really good. He’s just going through a tough stretch right now. Whether or not we need to give him a little bit of a break from that role, maybe that part of the lineup, we’ll discuss it internally. But he’s got good stuff.”

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This has certainly been a far cry from the Lou Trivino we saw last season. As a rookie, he went 8-3 with a 2.92 ERA, looking flat-out dominant for extended stretches. But the 27-year-old appears to have fallen victim to the dreaded sophomore slump, at least so far.

"It's frustrating when I'm not commanding my pitches the way I want," Trivino said. "We played really well today. We pitched our butts off. I thought we played really, really well and I come in and blow the lead for what seems like the 10th time this year. So it's very frustrating. Lord willing, I can fight through this and come up for us."
 

A's vs. Mariners lineups: Tanner Anderson makes second career MLB start

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A's vs. Mariners lineups: Tanner Anderson makes second career MLB start

A's pitcher Tanner Anderson will make his Oakland Coliseum debut Sunday against the Seattle Mariners in his second MLB start. 

The righty acquitted himself in his first big league start on June 10. He allowed just two earned runs in 5 2/3 innings against the Tampa Bay Rays, striking out five in the loss. The 26-year-old can deliver a series win, and pick up his first MLB win as a starting pitcher. 

Anderson will square off against right-handed pitcher Mike Leake, who has struggled a bit after a hot start to the season. Leake won each of his first two starts, but is 3-6 since and has posted a 4.48 ERA during that time. 

Josh Phegley and Chad Pinder won't face Leake, as both players were given the day off after starting Saturday. The remainder of the A's lineup is unchanged from Saturday's 11-2 win

Here are the full lineups for the A's-Mariners game, which will be broadcast on NBC Sports California and the MyTeams app. Coverage begins at 12:30 p.m. PT, with first pitch at 1:07.

Oakland A's (36-35)
Marcus Semien, SS
Matt Chapman, 3B
Matt Olson, 1B
Khris Davis, DH
Mark Canha, RF
Robbie Grossman, LF
Ramón Laureano, CF
Jurickson Profar, 2B
Beau Taylor, C

Tanner Anderson,  RHP (0-1, 3.18 ERA)

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Seattle Mariners (30-44)
Mallex Smith, CF
J.P. Crawford, SS
Domingo Santana, RF
Daniel Vogelbach, DH
Kyle Seager, 3B
Tom Murphy, C
Dee Gordon, 2B
Mac Williamson, LF
Austin Nola, 1B

Mike Leake, RHP (5-6, 4.26 ERA)