Report: Athletics considered ousting Jason Hammel from rotation
Hammel who will pitch against Houston next week, has been a mess since arriving in Oakland via a trade from the Cubs. His ERA has leaped from 2.98 to 3.84, courtesy of 24 earned runs allowed in 32 innings pitched covering seven outings. He has just one quality start during that stretch.
The right-hander has blamed mechanical issues that are leaving his pitches up for his struggles, but adds that it should be an easy fix. He is also claiming no problem with the temporary move to the bullpen.
"I'm not bothered by it," he said. "You've got to check your ego at the door when you're not getting it done."
The Athletics could place Jesse Chavez or Drew Pomeranz in their rotation if Hammel continues to get battered.
It's 'thumbs-up' for Alex Rios against Marlins
Rios hopes he can pick it up upon his return. He has not enjoyed a multi-hit game since July 29 and is 6 for 50 since.
Jarrod Saltalamacchia absent from Wednesday lineup
A day game following a night game has
Saltlamacchia has emerged from a slump with nine hits in his last seven games and five in the last three. He has not homered, however, since July 21.
Anthony Rizzo provides only scoring in Tuesday victory
The power surge of
Rizzo blasted his fourth homer in eight games. His two-run shot in the first inning proved to be the only scoring. He is 4 for 6 with three runs and three RBI in the last two games to improve his stat line to .279/.378/.517.
Brian McCann goes deep again
McCann got the Yankees on the board first with his fourth-inning home run, his third in five games. He finished the game 1 for 4 overall with two RBI in the loss.
McCann is still hitting just .235 for the season, but he has 14 home runs and 51 RBI in 105 games for the Yankees.
Chris Carter's 30th homer a big one
Carter was hitless with four strikeouts heading into the ninth inning, but made up for that with one swing. With the score tied at 4-4, Carter unleashed a three-run blast to put the Astros up for good.
Carter has established a new career-high with his 30th home run of the season, and he has 72 RBI to go with that, just 10 off his best total. He is hitting .233/.301/.519 in 110 games overall.
Tsuyoshi Wada wins, Ryan Vogelsong loses in rain-shortened affair
Tuesday's game between the
Will Middlebrooks day to day with hamstring tightness
Alex Rios strikes out in only at-bat Tuesday
Rios took the field as part of a double-switch in the bottom of the ninth and struck out in the top of the 10th. The Marlins broke through for a win in the next half-inning. Rios has hit .284/.313/.399 with four home runs, 49 RBI and 16 stolen bases in 444 at-bats.
Ryan Vogelsong allows two runs before long delay Tuesday
The grounds crew had trouble getting the tarp in place once the game was stopped due to rain, leading to an extremely long delay as they tried to make the field playable after the rain stopped. Vogelsong is scheduled to face the Nationals Sunday.
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August 18, 2014
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