MLB In Full Bloom - A's Get Just One Hit, But Beat Rays - 5/22/2014

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There are easier ways to win a game and almost any way anyone can think of to win a game would be easier than what the A's did Wednesday, getting one hit to beat Tampa Bay 3-2. In the last 100 years of Athletics' baseball, there has not been an A's team that has won a regular season win getting just one hit, although Game 4 of the 1974 American League Championship Series saw a double from Reggie Jackson and nothing else in a 2-1 win over the Baltimore Orioles. The A's are the first team to win with a home run as its only hit since the White Sox beat the Cardinals that way on June 22, 2006. Brandon Moss homered in the fourth inning, a solo shot, and that was it for the A's offense. The other two Oakland runs came on two walks and two Rays errors in the second inning. Moss's homer was his 10th of the season and the RBI was his 40th of the year. He's tied with Miguel Cabrera for second in the A.L. in RBIs, trailing only Jose Abreu (42).

MLB NEWS & NOTES

  • Jered Weaver gave up just two hits and one run in a complete game in the Angels' 2-1 victory over the Astros Wednesday night in Anaheim. Since a 0-2 start with a 5.79 ERA through three starts, Weaver has had seven strong starts in a row. He's only given up three homers during this stretch. Weaver is now 5-3 with a 2.85 ERA and he will face the Mariners on Tuesday.
  • Allen Craig reached base in all six of his plate appearances and drove in the winning run in the as the Cardinals defeated the Arizona Diamondbacks 3-2 in 12 innings. Craig singled in the second, fourth, and eighth innings, walking in the sixth and 10th, and then forced an errant throw from Diamondbacks shortstop Chris Owings on a game-winning fielder's choice grounder in the bottom of the 12th.
  • George Springer (hip) suffered a right hip flexor strain in Wednesday's loss to the Angels. Springer sustained the injury when he was picked off at first base in the top of the ninth inning by Angels starter Jered Weaver. Initial tests last night were better than anticipated, but Springer could still be looking at a 15-day disabled list stint. He hit his fourth home run since be re-called from Triple-A last night and had been settling into an offensive groove after a tough April.
  • Mike Trout (hamstring) was out of the lineup on Wednesday, but he did say he feels better Wednesday than he did Tuesday, and expects to be back in the lineup for Friday's game. The Angels have an off day today and the two day break should be enough for Trout to return to action on Friday. This was Trout's first off day of the season.
  • Matt Cain (hamstring) had an MRI on today and is unsure about his availability for his next scheduled start against the Cubs. Cain had to be removed from Wednesday's start after just three innings, and it was later revealed that he was suffering from a hamstring injury.
  • Mike Moustakas was demoted  to Triple-A Omaha by the Royals this morning. The former No. 2 overall pick with excellent career minor league numbers has was batting just .152 over his first 139 plate appearances this season for Kansas City. Moustakas has been working tirelessly to figure out his struggles at the plate and this is just as much a mental break for him as it is for him to play everyday and figure it out. Danny Valencia will be the primary third baseman for the Royals.
  • Chicago Cubs Chairman Tom Ricketts is offering a new pitch to long-suffering fans as he struggles to get a Wrigley Field renovation underway. The Cubs published a video early this morning with Ricketts saying that if the rooftop owners are going to the Cubs anyway over blocked views into the stadium, they might as well get more of what we want in an upgraded ballpark. Ricketts plans to submit a revised proposal to City Hall that would feature more large electronic signs, additional seats, bigger clubhouses and a relocation of the quaint bullpens from foul territory to a spot under the bleachers by removing bricks and some of the iconic ivy and covering the space with a material that would allow relievers to see onto Wrigley Field.

MLB In Full Bloom - Cliff Lee Lands on DL - 5/21/2014

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The Phillies will place Cliff Lee the disabled list today after an MRI revealed a Grade 1/2 strain of the flexor tendon in his left elbow. Lee originally felt soreness in the elbow during his April 16th start against the Braves, and the discomfort returned during Sunday’s outing against the Reds. The MRI was ordered after he still felt sore while playing catch on Monday. While the Phillies are hopeful that Lee will be ready to go when his 15 days are up, it is far from a sure thing at this point. Lee will be shut down for a week before resuming a throwing program. The Phillies have named a replacement starter for Saturday, when Lee’s next turn comes up. However, keep an eye on David Buchanan who is currently scheduled to pitch on Saturday for Triple-A Lehigh Valley. Buchanan impressed the Phillies during spring training but has struggled so far for Lehigh Valley, posting a 3.98 ERA over nine starts.

MLB NEWS & NOTES

  • Chris Davis went 4-for-5 with three home runs and five RBI in Tuesday's win over the Pirates. A slow start and oblique injury made Davis a frustrating player for fantasy owners during the first six weeks of the season, but the hope is that Tuesday's performance is the start of something big for him.
  • Masahiro Tanaka suffered his first professional loss since August of 2012 to the Cubs on Tuesday night in Chicago. Tanaka surrendered four runs -- three earned -- over six innings. Tanaka struck out seven batters and gave up just one walk, but the Cubs got to him for eight hits on a wet night at Wrigley Field. Tanaka is now 6-1 with a 2.39 ERA and will face the White Sox in his next outing.
  • Adam Wainwright was on cruise control and nearly perfect last night as he threw a one-hit shutout against the Diamondbacks as he led the Cardinals to an easy 5-0 victory. The only mistake on the night was a two-out double by Paul Goldschmidt in the fourth inning. Otherwise, Wainwright was brilliant and didn't walk a batter while striking out nine.  He'll take a 1.85 ERA into Sunday's start at the Reds.
  • Sean Doolitte has been named the Athletics closer according to manager Doug Melvin on Tuesday. Doolittle closed out the Rays with a scoreless ninth inning Tuesday to earn his third save of the season and with a 3.27 ERA over 22 innings this season, Doolittle is the team's best reliever.
  • Adrian Gonzalez went 3-for-4 with a walk, a double, and a two-run home run in Tuesday's win over the Mets. Gonzalez's 11th long ball of the season came against Rafael Montero in the fifth inning. He was a triple short of the cycle, but no one was holding their breath in anticipation of that happening. Gonzalez is now batting .287 with 32 RBI on the season.
  • Dodgers prospect Alex Guerrero was the victim on Tuesday night and could miss five weeks after Triple-A Albuquerque teammate Miguel Olivo bit off part of the infielder's ear during a dugout fight on Tuesday. Guerrero was taken to the hospital immediately after the incident and he required plastic surgery to repair the damaged ear. Olivo first became aggravated when Guerrero failed to tag out a runner following a throw from the catcher, with their disagreement turning physical before teammates intervened. This could not have come at a worse time for the Dodgers because this fight came on the same day that Juan Uribe was placed on the disabled with a hamstring injury, which may have led to Guerrero being recalled from the minors.
  • The cat, named Tara, that became famous for saving a central California boy from a dog attack "threw" the first pitch Tuesday night at a Bakersfield Blaze baseball game. Tara was captured on a security camera pounced on a dog that attacked her 4-year-old human, Jeremy Triantafilo. The video currently has 21 million views on YouTube. Tara also has her own Twitter account (@TaraNinjaCat) and has 27 followers as of this morning.

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